Our February featured artist is Joanna Gollberg. The first thing you notice with Gollberg's jewelry are the setting of colorful stones that seem to float in unusual settings. Gollberg uses texture and color for her inspiration. Whether using smooth cabachon, rough-cut, or upside down faceted stones, her jewelry pops with color. Gollberg's studio is in downtown Asheville, North Carolina where she loves to work with her hands. She notes, "making jewelry satisfies my drive to create because it offers a lifetime of learning and challenges, in both a technical and design sense. The answering of 'how?' helps me push design and person boundaries within the framework of jewelry line. The ability to draw on past knowledge combined with the openness I have for new ideas completes me in my creative work."
Gollberg received her jewelry design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1991. She has been a self-employed jeweler for 18 years, selling her work at craft & jewelry galleries and fine craft shows in the US. She has authored four books on making jewelry (all published by Lark Books), and her work been included in numerous publications, such as Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament Magazine, 20th Century Jewelers, and 500 Wedding Rings. She teaches jewelry making for metalsmithing groups, Craftsy.com, and craft schools, such as Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Craft School.
A line of Joanna Gollberg's work can be found in the gallery or online.