Professional Crafts Jewelry and Metals
Class of 2010
Owner, designer, jeweler, blacksmith of JL Merrill Metalworks.
I began my business in 2011, focusing on retail sales and commissions, and learning the ropes. I am now a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and travel extensively to shows all over the country. I have also expanded into wholesale and have over seven galleries that carry my work. Through my work, I explore the natural world, the sacred, time, and connection through shared human experience. I am seeking to capture the quaint ruins of past and ethnic cultures to form objects of protection, beauty, emotion, and narrative. I incorporate the textures of bones, seeds, stones, feathers, and quills into my metalwork, creating life and story. I also include industrial elements such as clock gears, bullets, keys, and machine parts that juxtapose natures’ sacred beauty and suggest a mysterious curiosity within the human spirit.