Joan Roberts, Jewelry
Joan came to Sedona from the Monterey Bay area of California’s central coast as a new retiree. The red rock magic and artistic climate of Sedona renewed her interest and love of the arts. As a student and volunteer at the Sedona Art Center, and former art teacher, she is reestablishing herself as an artist.
A graduate of San Jose State University with a major in art, Joan taught art to middle school students and in adult education programs for eighteen years before becoming a school administrator. Her career allowed her to promote arts education for students within her care through teacher training and support. Her personal art work during this time focused on spinning, weaving, stained glass and watercolor painting. Photography has also provided a creative avenue for her.
Her new work in jewelry design has become a passion as she looks for new ways to create distinctive wearable art pieces. Joan enjoys the active and ongoing search for interesting materials and techniques that will keep her designs unique and one of a kind.
Joan works exclusively with Fine Silver in the form of Precious Metal Clay in Silver and Gold.
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) combines microscopic particles of silver with water and a nontoxic, organic binder to create a material that can be worked as a clay.
When objects are dried and fired in a kiln, the binder burns away and the silver particles fuse into solid metal of .999 pure silver. It is referred to as FINE SILVER.
A process used to apply thin sheets of 22K Gold to Fine Silver using a heat process.
is Japanese for braided cord: the verb kumi means to braid or to plait, and the noun himo is cord. Braided silk cords have enjoyed a long history in Japan as part of ancient armor during the Samurai era. In traditional dress, a braided cord (obijime) is worn with the kimono and obi.
The kumihimo necklace is comprised of eight beaded strands, braided or woven on a kumihimo loom.
140 Fairway Oaks Lane,
Sedona, AZ 86351