Photo by Heather Middleton
By Joel Hall
Nearly a dozen jewelry makers from around the state will show their work this Saturday, at the first-ever Arts Clayton "Jewelry Trunk Show and Sale."
Local artisans will be on site to interact with customers and give live demonstrations on the jewelry-making process, gallery officials said.
The show will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Arts Clayton gallery, located at 136 South Main St., in Jonesboro.
Arts Clayton Gallery Manager Karen Powers said the show will feature hundreds of hand-crafted pieces in a variety materials, such as clay, seeds, leather, paper, wood, amber, glass beads, cast metal and precious stones. She said she believes the event will help create an appreciation of jewelry-making as an art form.
"We carry a whole host of jewelry artisans year round," Powers said. "It's the first time we've ever done an event like this where we've had a whole day dedicated to our jewelry artists. They are going to be making jewelry on site. Any time you can introduce art to patrons, and show them how something is done, it just increases the appreciation of it.
"The holidays are a great time to talk about jewelry," she continued. "People are buying jewelry and wanting to receive jewelry during the holidays. For somebody who wants to purchase an art piece, [jewelry] is very accessible. You can't wear your painting every day."
According to Arts Clayton Gallery Assistant Courtney Fort, the show will feature necklaces, bracelets, earrings, broaches, money clips, key chains, and holiday-themed jewelry. She said the pieces range from $5 to $400, and utilize traditional metals and stones, as well as non-traditional materials, such as seeds and stingray leather.
"They all have their own personal style," Fort said. "They are one-of-a-kind pieces. Because of that, [the artists' pieces] stand out from jewelers that buy it wholesale. It's different for each artist, but they all take a lot of time to make sure it's perfect."
Pilar Decoteau, a native of Colombia and a resident of Senoia, creates jewelry using native materials such as tagua nuts, cow horns, coconuts, dried orange peels, acai berries and amber. The pieces, she said, provide a source of income for people in her native country.
Decoteau, whose background is in architecture, said it is gratifying to interact with the people who may potentially wear her pieces.
"The best thing is when you do something, you design something, and somebody loves it," she said. "In the end, it is not about the money. When somebody wears your things and it becomes a part of them, it is a great thing."
For more information, visit www.artsclayton.org/gallery or call (770) 473-5410.