Janet EdkinsI came to jewelry the long way – through many other mediums, tangents and passions that faded, over time.

From an early age I was fascinated with my paternal grandmothers beads – as a young woman she did glorious beaded piece work, for a pittance and ruined her eyes but she kept her precious scraps of beads, bugles & sequins, in fragile twists of tissue paper, in a small basket. I don’t know why the bug didn’t get me then, nor why it took another 40 years.

My journey through life, and finally to East Tennessee, I’m sure shapes my work. I am grateful for light and beauty in my life, and for many artistic friends to challenge and teach me as I continue to grow.