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Joyce Carol Watanabe
Wearable Art, Jewelry

ARTIST STATEMENT:

A fascination with rocks, shells and minerals led Joyce Watanabe to learn cutting and polishing. From there, to learn wire wrapping, metal fabrication, soldering and wire weaving. Ceramic classes led to making unique smoked raku glazed pieces. Next she learned to fuse her own glass pieces and kiln fire precious metal clay. Further experimentation with torchwork led to sterling silver cuttlebone and broom casting and lampworked dichroic glass beads. Her newest techniques include acid metal etching, metal texturing and form folding thin metal into curved shapes. The hallmark of Watanabe's work is originality and excellent craftsmanship along with a fine sense of design.

Biography:

Joyce Carol Watanabe is a jewelry artist working and living in Redondo Beach.

Watanabe has studied jewelry making from a variety of local classes which include: Torrance Cultural Arts Center Metalworking Classes, Santa Monica Community Adult School, Venice Community Adult School, and Culver City Rocks and Mineral Club workshops.

The Artists Studio, Palos Verdes Art Center, 2014 to Present
Holiday Juried Art Show PVAC 2015
Catalina Festival of Arts, First Place in Fine Jewelry 2015, 2010, Second Place and Honorable Mention
Contemporary Crafts Market, Pasadena, June 2015
Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair 1991-Present
Catalina Festival of Arts 2007-Present
She has won awards granted by the Catalina Festival of Arts (2009, 2008, 2007)
Rafu Shimpo Newspaper, featured new artist 2007 for the Beary Best Friends Crafts Fair, Buena Park.
Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach Newsletter, "Employee Highlight" 2007, Jewelry Artist and Pharmacist

For custom orders: contact Gabrille 310-991-714

To purchase call: 310-991-7144 or e-mail gabrielle.artistsstudio.pvac@gmail.com



Title: Copper Nugget

Native Michigan Copper (found naturally) and turquoise
repurposed bead turned into a cabechon is held in soldered bronze prongs. The necklace is copper colored brass with turquoise beads. The clasp is hand formed bronze.

Size: 2" wide x 3" tall, 32" length

Price: $260

Watanabe copper and turquoise
Watanabe Celestine

Title: Light Blue

A celestine crystal is held in a 14K gold filled wire setting. The necklace it hangs on frames the celestine with blue fresh water coin pearls, blue crystal and matt blue coral beads. The chain and clasp are gold filled.

Size: 2" tall x 2" wide

Price: $360

Title: Black and White

Chrysanthemum stone, a crystal formation, lapidary
work by artist, cradled in a 14K gold filled wire setting, gold filled and brass chain, Swaroski black crystals, Gold filled Clasp.

Size: 2.5" wide x 2" tall, 28" length

Price: $360

Watanabe Black and White

Watanabe Royal Blue Carved Horse

Title: Royal Blue Carved Horse

Royal blue carved horse of Lapis, set in soldered sterling silver prong pendant, and hangs from a sterling silver omega chain.

Price: $160

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