Jennifer Jesse Smith

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Being an artist was my earliest dream. At the age of seven my mother brought me to the Louvre - I can remember the magic of those paintings, as though each artist was speaking only to me.

I was also blessed to experience a childhood surrounded by Native American culture, widening not only my eyes, but my heart. A medicine bag, made for me as a young girl, was a source of endless wonder, mystery and spiritual power. It validated my imaginative way of seeing the world and my passion for creating art.

My path in life was clear, ultimately leading me to the finest art school I could imagine, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There I fell in love with sculpture, pouring my own bronzes. But heavy bronzes don’t travel well and my nomadic 21st century life style demanded more immediate and intimate sculptural forms.

The Journey led me to Jewelry- sculpture at its most personal. Bringing it to life became an Adventure: the Quest for the perfect Stone, the Search for the Archetypal design, the Alchemy of Alloys. Each piece is the culmination of a journey of creation and is awaiting it’s home. It already belongs to a specific Soul out there and part of the adventure is in the coming together of the two. The Blending of Energies.


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Being an artist was my earliest dream. At the age of seven my mother brought me to the Louvre - I can remember the magic of those paintings, as though each artist was speaking only to me.

I was also blessed to experience a childhood surrounded by Native American culture, widening not only my eyes, but my heart. A medicine bag, made for me as a young girl, was a source of endless wonder, mystery and spiritual power. It validated my imaginative way of seeing the world and my passion for creating art.

My path in life was clear, ultimately leading me to the finest art school I could imagine, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There I fell in love with sculpture, pouring my own bronzes. But heavy bronzes don’t travel well and my nomadic 21st century life style demanded more immediate and intimate sculptural forms.

The Journey led me to Jewelry- sculpture at its most personal. Bringing it to life became an Adventure: the Quest for the perfect Stone, the Search for the Archetypal design, the Alchemy of Alloys. Each piece is the culmination of a journey of creation and is awaiting it’s home. It already belongs to a specific Soul out there and part of the adventure is in the coming together of the two. The Blending of Energies.

  • For Instance:
  • Mickey Rourke, on location in a remote pueblo in the desert Southwest, calls me to his star trailer in the midst of a blizzard to design a special piece.
  • Colin Farrell, on the set of “Fright Night”, says “Thank you Darlin’” as I hand him a pair of my hand-forged hoop earrings. Made all the more special because he was in Stage 4 Vampire makeup.
  • Margaret Cho finding my “Dressed to Kill” pendant goes perfectly with one of her tattoos.
  • Working around the clock to handforge Comanche amulets for the 2oo warriors on the film Comanche Moon, then watching them paint up, mount on horseback and ride into battle.

It gives me great pleasure to unite my pieces with their rightful owners. Life is constantly inspiring me, New designs keep coming and the Adventure continues...


Artisan Direct, Limited. 82 Callingham Road, Pittsford, NY 14534. Telephone 585-586-3535, Fax 585-586-8555, e-mail: info at artisan direct L T D dot net
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