New and Recurring AJF Members

AJF is excited to announce the following members who have recently joined or renewed.

AJF members support the writers who create our original content, help artists via our grants, bolster our jewelry-related events, and increase knowledge of the field of art jewelry. We thank you all for being part of our community! Discover the perks of becoming an AJF member by clicking here.


Q: Jane, you run Zu design, in Adelaide, Australia. What’s something people might not know about you as an artist?
A: I spend many hours after work doing textile projects at home. I am fascinated with trying to do techniques as small as I can. I don’t think my hands ever stop moving/making. These are called Wendy’s Bears. Belinda Newick shared studio space at Zu design and her mother, Wendy, shared the 1950s knitting pattern with me.

Caption: (Left) Jane Bowden in Zu design’s workshop. This image was taken for a project called Transformative Repair @transformativerepair, photo: Alexander Robertson @alexandermrobertson, (right) Wendy’s Bears, knitted by Jane Bowden, photo courtesy of Jane Bowden. See more of Bowden’s crafting at @craftingbyjane


Sigurd Bronger, Sustainable Construction Nr. 1, modeled by maker Darius Wojdyga, photo courtesy of Sigurd Bronger

Q: Tell us about your organization.
A: Craft Abroad was born out of a love for learning by educators in the US and Thailand. It is our own passion for sharing knowledge that led us to create a program for others who can learn traditional craft practices from skilled masters directly and in their own workshops. We believe this cross-cultural education experience is integral to cultural understanding, dialogue, and preservation. 

Q: What’s something AJF readers may not know about you and your work?
A: I have been working with pearls for over 10 years now. I came to them somewhat by accident during my masters degree at the RCA, simply because I was exploring spherical forms at the time and my tutor suggested I look at pearls because they are of course traditionally round!

Melanie Georgacopoulos, Diamond & Pearl Embedded Bangle, 2023, bracelet, recycled 18-karat yellow gold, white mother-of-pearl, pear-shaped diamonds (1.12 carats), natural clam pearls, 2 ⅜ x 2 ¼ x 1 ⅜ inches (60 x 56 x 34 mm), photo: Richard Valencia

Q: Thanks for rejoining AJF after so many years! What’s something AJF readers might not know about your gallery?
A: We have been huge supporters of art jewelry and craft for 12+ years, and two of our team members make jewelry themselves. We are excited to yet again be a part of this community!

Seth Michael Carlson, Red Moth
Gravers Lane Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Mass Migrations, will spotlight the work of Seth Michael Carlson. Shown: Seth Michael Carlson, Red Moth, red garnets, 18-karat gold and silver (both of fair-mined and ethical origins), photo: artist

Q: What’s the best part of being an AJF member?
A: For nearly 20 years, I have been nourished by AJF’s articles and interviews, discovering new talented artists. I am also touched by the organization’s commitment to encouraging galleries. As galleries do on an everyday basis, the educational work, which is indispensable to the milieu, is remarkable.

Mélanie Denis, Untitled, Collection Bélair
Mélanie Denis, Untitled, Collection Bélair, 2024, brooch, sterling silver, Plexiglas, photograph on acetate, digital artwork on paper, porcelain, ribbon, stainless steel, 4 ⅜ x 4 ⅜ x 1 ⅛ inches (110 x 110 x 30 mm), photo: Anthony McLean. Denis is represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h

Q: What’s something hardly anyone knows about you as an artist?
A: I’m a huge fan of the rococo.

Bruce Metcalf, Allegories of Jewelry 41
Bruce Metcalf, Allegories of Jewelry 41, 2023, painted and gold-leafed maple, sterling silver, 3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches (95 x 64 mm), photo courtesy of the artist

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