Jack Jennings Metalsmith
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Metalsmithing is a centuries old tradition of manipulating metal with hammers and other tools into useful objects. From the blacksmith to the goldsmith, craftsmen use these techniques to produce a wide variety of items for everyday living. Jack Jennings uses traditional smithing techniques, and a few modern ones as well, in his stunning jewelry designs.

With an emphasis on texture and smooth controlled lines, Jennings’ designs are simultaneously ancient and modern. Layers of fused high karat gold, surrounded by polished edges or oxidized silver and punctuated with bright gemstones are common themes. Offering designs in all gold or a combination of gold and silver, his work is fitting for any occasion. Be it earrings for dinner out with friends or your wedding day.

Jack Jennings Metalsmith makes a variety of hand fabricated jewelry designs with meticulous attention to detail including rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets. Inventory varies and if you don’t see what you’re looking for in the gallery, feel free to inquire.

Bio

Nearly twenty-five years ago I woke up in a corn field with a terrible headache and a vague dreamlike memory of a space craft of some kind. Shortly after that night, I developed an uncontrollable urge to make jewelry. Ok, I’m kidding obviously. Writing a bio is such a strange and uncomfortable thing to me, much like I suspect an alien abduction to be like.

I knew I was a smith the first time I lit a torch in art school. I was fascinated with the tools and the techniques. While I only took a few classes in metals since it wasn’t my concentration, it left me with an insatiable obsession. I furthered my studies at workshops with amazing instructors, opened a studio and gallery, exhibited in some major juried craft shows, sold to galleries nationally, taught a few classes, and have been published a few times. All great career highlights, but metalsmithing isn’t my only passion.

It’s important to have other creative outlets and interests. I dabble in photography, web design and make a mean pancake. I’ve been an avid mountain biker as long as I have been a smith and can’t help but to think that the two are somehow intertwined. I’m not sure, but will have to keep riding and making rings to find out.

Custom Work

Two commonly asked questions are, “do you do custom work ?“ and “do you do repair work ?”

If you like my work, but don’t quite see what you want and are interested having me design a special piece then we can discuss that. Some wonderful pieces have come from this process.

However, as a general rule I do not produce other people’s designs.

Repairs are strictly limited to my work.

Education
  • 1992 BFA East Carolina University
    School of Art
  • 1995 Penland School
    Anti-Clastic Forming and Raising with Heikki Seppä
    Stone Setting with John Cogswell
  • 1995 Sawtooth Shool for Visual Arts
    Hollow Forming with Betty Helen Longhi

Select Shows and Awards
  • Exhibiting member American Craft Council 1996-2004
    ACC Charlotte 1996, 2001
    ACC Tampa 1998
    ACC West Springfield 1999
    ACC Baltimore 2003, 2004
  • Exhibiting member Southern Highlands Craft Guild 2002-2006
  • Craft and Design show Richmond, VA multiple years
  • The next generation of jewelry
    Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC
  • Jewelry Focus
    Arrowcraft Gatlinburg, TN 2003
  • Best of Show Art in the Park
    Blowing Rock, NC 1996
  • Emerging Artist Grant
    Winston-Salem Arts Council 1996
Select Publications
image-500 Earrings by Lark Books image-1000 Beads by Lark Books image-news paper article
Teaching
  • Intermediate and Advanced Jewely fabrication
    Sawtooth Shool for Visual Arts 2007-2011