ARTIST STATEMENT: I have been an artist all my life.  However, I did not know this until I turned 30.  It was then that I owned the courage and awareness to explore this talent with clay, fabric, and now anodized aluminum jewelry.  For most of my artistic life I have lived in a beautiful state that supports its artists like no other.  Kentucky has helped me to blossom.  I am grateful.  
My Art Fair booth has been purple for over 2 decades!


Theresa Jean Kibby, Apprentice turned  Jewelry Artist

'Spirit' Pin on Cover,
Fall, 1999


Barn Quilt Square was painted at home and installed at the


Ad with Robbie Moriarty has 
supported all issues


houses the Art Shop

French Market


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Robbie Moriarty and Jamison on the 2010 cover of Arts Across Kentucky Magazine.


EARLY YEARS:  Bill and I moved from Virginia in the mid 80's with three young children.  We moved to Kentucky due to Bill's job as a U.S. Forester.  At that time I had a pottery business that was transitioning into a jewelry business.  Little did we know that the move would be permanent AND very lucrative for me as an artist.  Quickly, I juried into Kentucky Crafted:The Market and all of a sudden, I had choices!  I exhibited with fellow artist, Cindy Lowy Fess, at the New York Gift Fair in the KY Crafted Section (where we first saw jewelry made from anodized aluminum), and traveled to Philadelphia with artist Lindy Evans, and sold at the Buyers Market of American Craft for a decade.  These wholesale experiences gave me a window into American art markets and I gathered valuable information.  I  also hired an artist who later became my apprentice, Theresa Jean Kibby, and later, an artist in her own right!

About that time, I discovered that my work could be more than just a jewelry trend or an attraction at art fairs.  It could also be a part of me. I explored what I loved and where I wanted my work to go. If my work did not have meaning for me I knew my business would not last.  Being an 'addict' of the History Channel, I remembered that a childhood dream of mine had been to dig up bones and ancient artifacts. Current culture never drew me.  Ancient culture alway did.        

ARTISTIC FOCUS:  And, I realized that combining my work with my interests would also set me apart from other artists and give my work a unique distinction. I read many books about ancient cultures, like The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler, and developed designs around ancient artifacts.  With this work, I represented societies that respected women and children--partnership cultures--and I included their stories. I called this jewelry line 'AgeGlyphs.'  Currently, I continue this line of work with my 'Wild Women Series' where I make pendants representing women who did phenomenal things as artists, writers, soldiers, teachers and leaders, and my 'Passage Tomb' jewelry, inspired by the small and large passage tombs in Ireland and Wales that I saw as a visitor.

Several wonderful things have happened to me during my carreer.  In fall of 1999, the then brand-new Arts Across KY Magazine featured an article on Robbie Moriarty, Cindy Lowy and I as "The Goddesses of Lobe" (we were all jewelers).  My 'Spirit' piece was the featured cover art!

 

                             SPECIAL COMMISSIONS:                 

                       Later that year, poet and friend, Gayle Waddell, asked that I create an Award Pin for Jane Stephenson who was the 2000 winner of

                            The Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award. Jane created the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, KY and later

                           appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.


                            Then, one morning, I got a mysterious call from a woman named Emily.  "I like your website with its emphasis on celebrating

                            women.  Could you do a special award pin for clients of mine?," she asked.  Soon after the call,  I was commissioned to make 100

                            'Dream Chaser Pins' for Naomi and Wynnona Judd's Power to Change Program, in partnership with KMart and the

                             Ladies Home Journal, for the Judds' Millennium Tour.  The project took 6 months with help from apprentice, Theresa Kibby,

                             and Bill and I were special guests of the Judds at their concerts that year.

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Naomi on front-left, Wynonna in middle-back, me on lower-right, KMart president in middle, 
Power to Change winners all around us, at Green's Grocery in Nashville, TN


Other special pins I donated or was commissioned to create: KY Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pin; KY Hospice pin; Katrina, Tsunami & Breast Cancer Fund-raising pins.  These special works give me time to concentrate on “special” and “one-of-a-kind” pieces that help the world’s people and celebrate women who have done phenomenal things!

COMMUNITY:  Meanwhile, in our own community Meg McClorey and I sought to form an Arts Guild with other area artists.  We both thought it was great that Kentucky had a wonderful guild like the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and other organizations for artists, but we lived in Somerset.  Knowing we had artists in our area too, we co-founded the Sheltowee Artisans in 1994.  

At the same time we were establishing the Sheltowee Artisans, Gabrielle Grey was founding the Master Musicians' Festival in Somerset. A few years before this time Cornelia Dozier Cooper had created the Lake Cumberland Performing Arts based at the Center for Rural Development.  A decade before, Steve Cleberg had established the Somerset Community College's Drama Department. So, with these four groups, Somerset became a well rounded arts community.  

It paid off!  Less than two decades later, the Pulaski County Library board built a new public library and gifted the old library to the visual arts!  In 2010, the Carnegie Community Arts Center opened.  On its first floor is the region's first co-operative art and craft shop, the Sheltowee Art Shop, and on the lower floor is the Yellow Umbrella French Market Shop, both selling finely made Kentucky art and craft as well as KY Proud food products.  The Carnegie Center is host to many visual exhibits, music venues, art classes, and has SEVEN working artist studios!

I continuously support my arts community, as do the many artists and craftsmen who are part of it all!  We all continually work together to build arts appreciation and art markets in our area. If you would like to become part of the support group, or come for a visit to see for yourself what we are so proud of, please contact me. I WOULD LOVE TO SHOW YOU!           

For more detail on my arts carreer, please see JAMISON'S 2011 RESUME.  Thank you for your interest!  Jamison