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Jen Schmetzer


Mission: To create one-of-a-kind jewelry and art objects using traditional and modern techniques; and to teach those techniques to others through pictures, videos, and written instructions.

About the Artist

As a perfectionist I had a natural attraction to the intricate field of metalsmithing and jewelry design, in which I got a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University in 2005. For three years I taught introductory and intermediate metalsmithing, and I considered an academic career of teaching at university level. Then life got in the way, taking me on a decade-long tangent filled with both mental and physical health battles. Despite still suffering from several health conditions, I find great joy in practicing and teaching these techniques.

What is a Tree of Life?

The Tree of Life is found in most cultures and beliefs, representing knowledge, family, and insight into one's self. It alludes to our strong communal and personal roots, the weathering and regrowth we all face, and the resulting branches and blossoms in life.

Making wire-wrapped trees is very meticulous work, and almost meditative to me in its repetition. Every tree I hand-twist comes out a little bit different. Like real trees, each one is a truly unique piece of art.