Created by Jo-Anne Sofianek Frazier, Jewelry by Jo! features one-of-a-kind jewelry from metal, resin, alcohol ink, wire, natural stones, charms and found objects. I find most of my inspiration in nature or geometric shapes, but I enjoy creating whimsical themes too.
I began to learn metal work and silver-smithing in 1998, studying under nationally known artists: Anne Mitchell (Fine Silver), Kate Richbourg, Kieu Pham Gray and Kaska Fiore. I have also studied with Hattie Weselyk and Patricia Halsey locally.
I began studying and experimenting with alcohol ink and resin in 2016. It was a basic UV resin charm class that sparked my curiosity and interest. Creating thin charms with wire, led me to work with ribbon and bezel wire, and the UV cure resin allows me to add multiple thin layers of mica and wire, creating dimension in my pieces. I have worked in several types of epoxy resin and UV cure resin for different effects. I use my metal working skills to construct bezels and bases for my resin work and finish my jewelry pieces.
I am also a beaded jewelry artist, and create original designs using the unusual Czech glass bead shapes. My beadwork appears in my theatrical costume design and my classical ballet costumes, including tutus and tiaras, as well as contemporary dance costumes.
I was juried into the Chester County Craft Guild in June 2018. I have been accepted in juried art shows: Bucks and Chester County Craft Guilds Artfest 2019; Downingtown Fine Arts Festival 2017 and 2018; Chester County Studio Tour 2018, 2019, and 2020; Delaware County Studio Tour 2018 and 2019; Corn Hill Arts Festival 2018 and 2019, Swarthmore Fine Arts Festival 2018, Belsnickel Craft Show 2018 and Clothesline Festival in Rochester, NY 2019.
My studio is located in my home in Downingtown, and I am an independent studio.