The J Jewelry Studio is a gem in itself. Tucked away downstairs is a superbly equipped workshop with everything needed to explore and hone expertise in jewelry craft: metal work, soldering, and stone setting. Just add the creativity and enthusiasm yourself.
FALL OPEN STUDIOS
Come Join other jewelry artists for gathering, sharing, and using the Jansen jewelry studio facility. A general knowledge of jewelry tools and equipment is required and experience in this medium is essential. Artists should bring their own materials – there will be enameling kits available for purchase in the studio.
Open Studios are managed by Judith Gauthier. You must have prior approval from Judith before participating. There are separate Open Studio dates for Enamelling and Fabrication.
The dates and times for Open Studio are planned 1-2 months in advance. Click here to see the schedule and purchase your Open Studio time.
COST: $15 per session
Falling Out of the Box
Each Fall, Jewelry Artists from around the country accept each year’s Falling Out of the Box Jewelry Challenge – to fabricate an object based on a different theme. They receive identical boxes of materials to use to design an original piece, and are allowed to add additional materials if they desire.
During the Opening Reception, guests are invited to vote for their favorite bracelet to receive the People’s Choice Award.
The theme for this year is Holding Space. The Material Boxes are now available for purchase – register to receive yours here.
Material boxes will be ready for artists to pick up on Friday, September 1 and the artwork is due back on Wednesday, October 4. The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
JEWELRY STUDIO INSTRUCTORS
The Jansen Art Center is excited to serve as a teaching space for artists. Our instructors are passionate about engaging the community in the arts.
JUDITH J GAUTHIER
Judith moved to Bellingham, WA in 1972 and started her career in metal jewelry design and fabrication at the legendary Alaska Silver & Ivory Company. She became a shop supervisor, assisting in the production of a very unique and beautiful hand- made line of sterling silver jewelry using fossilized mastodon elephant and walrus ivory.
Her love of this medium motivated her to pursue a degree in Art Education with an emphasis in metal work at the University of Montana, Missoula. She received “Best of Show” at the annual student art exhibit. Further studies in this field followed in Eugene, OR where she worked as assistant production supervisor for Jody Coyote, a very prominent jewelry company who sold to Nordstrom’s and Macy’s.
With a new family, work, and college experiences to draw from, she decided to return to Bellingham in 1989 and start her own jewelry company, “Pouncing Rain Creations.” Judith made her own line of jewelry and sold wholesale to stores in the Pacific Northwest. She also was a member vendor at the Bellingham Farmers Market, Best of the Northwest and Anacortes Art Fairs and was an active member of Allied Arts of Whatcom County.
Pouncing Rain developed into a jewelry school where Judith taught hundreds of students metal jewelry techniques. Currently it is a non-profit organization called Bellingham Metal Arts Guild where she is an active member.
Judith teaches metal work at the J, was a primary developer of the jewelry studio, and serves as the studio lead. She continues to love and share with others the wonderful world of metal art/jewelry, as well as create one-of-a kind pieces in her home studio.
Teach a class or workshop
We are always looking for artists who are passionate about instructing. If you have a talent or skill you would like to share in a 1 day workshop, or even a 6 week class, please contact the Studio Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online: In the class details, pick the quantity and click “Purchase” to begin the registration process. If you need assistance, please call 360-354-3600.
Phone: Call 360-354-3600. Please have your credit card, billing information and name of class ready.
Walk-in: Payment may be made by credit card or check in the Gallery Shop at the Jansen Art Center, Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am – 5pm.
Register early! Classes that do not meet the minimum size will be canceled. Refunds will be given for classes canceled by the Jansen Art Center and you will be notified of cancellation by phone or email.
Please read the Class Policies regarding Cancellation, Refunds and Age.
Jewelry is something that has to do with emotion. That aspect of jewelry really interests me.