Every day, people surround us wearing art, history, and culture, but we usually don’t pay attention. Most people think about jewelry as an afterthought or accessory. But jewelry can tell a larger story, one reflecting the connection between contemporary culture and that of yesteryear.
Is jewelry clothing, art, status symbol, or something more? The jewelry world seems to be hidden in plain sight and little understood. The Jewelry Journey podcast explores the many aspects of jewelry and its status as art. We talk with those who live and breathe this form of adornment: makers, dealers, gallerists, academics collectors and more. The goal is to elevate the conversation beyond Etsy or big diamonds and see jewelry in a new light, so that we can appreciate the little pieces of wonder that float by each day.
Episode 103: Out of This World: How Space Exploration Influences Jewelry with Elyse Zorn Karlin, Exhibit Curator
A new exhibit explores this motif from the 19th century to the present. “Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age” is a traveling exhibit curated by Elyse Zorn Karlin and currently on view at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. Elyse, who is the cofounder of ASJRA, the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about her inspiration for the exhibit, the process of curating it, and some of her favorite pieces on view.
Episode 102: How America’s First Jewelry Curator Changed the Industry with Yvonne Markowitz, Curator & Author
Jewelry’s place in the world of decorative arts has come a long way in the last few decades, due in no small part to Yvonne Markowitz. As America’s first jewelry curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yvonne helped museum professionals, trustees, and visitors alike see the worth of jewelry. She joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about how she earned her curator position, how she convinced people to see jewelry beyond the price of its materials, and what she’s working on next.
How Phoenix’s Heard Museum Is Increasing Appreciation for Native American Art with Diana Pardue, Curator of Collections at the Heard Museum
Native American jewelry has a long history in the Southwest, but few people truly appreciate the significance of this art form. The Heard Museum, a Phoenix-based museum dedicated to advancing Native American jewelry and arts, has been trying to change that since 1929. Diana Pardue, chief curator at the Heard Museum, joined the podcast to talk about how Native American jewelry has changed over the years, and which indigenous jewelers you should be paying attention to today.
Episode 100: Porcelain Dolls, Rabbit’s Feet, Padlocks: What Inspires This Jeweler’s Unusual Creations with Castro, Art Jeweler, founder and owner of CASTRO NYC
Jewelry designer Castro’s unusual pieces are a reflection of his unusual entry into the world of jewelry. After starting out by selling his work from a table on the sidewalk in Soho, Castro has now become an internationally known artist with his own line, Castro NYC. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about how he became a largely self-taught jeweler, the inspiration behind his fantastical work, and his experience as a Black jewelry designer now living in Istanbul.
Episode 99: Capturing the Human Experience with Tiny, Wearable Sculpture with Art Jewelry Maker, Asagi Maeda
The concept of jewelry as sculpture has existed in art jewelry for years, but Asagi Maeda’s work brings new meaning to the phrase. She is known for creating miniature, wearable sculptures of everyday scenes and stories, which even include tiny human figures called “ningen.” She joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about how she transitioned from making sculpture to making jewelry, what she hopes viewers get out of her jewelry, and why she tries to capture snapshots of daily life in her work.
Episode 98: Inside William Harper’s Quarantine Jewelry Studio
Between a contentious election, a global pandemic and a months-long quarantine, it’s no wonder that jeweler William Harper’s work has taken a darker turn than usual. Although Harper’s work has always been esoteric, the events of the past year have pushed him to play with the size, complexity and construction of his work. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to give us an inside look at the pieces he’s been working on and to talk about his creative process.