Jane Drucker is a Seattle designer of both jewelry and interiors. Jane’s jewelry reflects her architectural aesthetic, her attraction to contrasting elements, and simplicity of design. “Whether I am designing a kitchen, furnishing a living room, or creating a piece of jewelry, I delight in the simplest and most direct way of expressing my ideas.”
As the Covid-19 pandemic gained momentum, realizing that I was no longer comfortable working in a communal studio, I set up a jeweler’s bench in the corner of the living room of my small condominium. Rising to the challenge of limited hand tools and a butane creme brûlée torch, I committed to creating jewelry using available pieces of sterling silver and technique samples created in classes and workshops over the 19 years I have been making jewelry.
In some pieces I have included samples of niello I created in a workshop with Micki Lippe at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Niello Is an ancient Egyptian technique in which a black metallic amalgam is fused into the engraved markings on silver, creating a black and silver design.
From workshops with Bainbridge jewelry artist Jane Martin, I have a collection of mixture of metals technique samples that I am including in my current body of work.
At a swap meet at Danaca Design a number of years ago, I bought some scrap pieces of Mokume Gane from Phil Baldwin. While setting up my living room “studio,” I discovered a small bag of this beautifully laminated copper and silver material in distinctive layered patterns. I am committed to integrating this wood-grained looking metal into the small pieces I am creating in my private corner.