Jera Lodge

​My focus is to create pattern based jewelry that has the illusion of volume while staying very light weight. I assemble architecturally inspired shapes with unique connections, resulting in playful, kinetic, and interactive jewelry.  My distinctive approach to material value yields surprising combinations of steel, gold, silver, and spray paint, creating unexpected moments of beauty. Each piece of jewelry is hand formed and finished. Keum-boo gold surfaces are achieved using 24K gold foil that has been bonded to silver sheet, and the color ombré effect is created with a spray-painting process. Further distressing is done by hand, resulting in a unique color application for each piece of jewelry. ​​I received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Edinboro University in 2012.   Since graduating, I have worked at Peters Valley Craft Center in NJ as a metals studio assistant and at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine as a Summer Staff Assistant.   In 2014-2015 I was selected as a resident artist at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.  The experience of working with such incredible institutions in a way that helped to facilitate individuals' experiences in craft has been integral to my growth as an artist.  Throughout these work experiences I maintained my studio practice creating production and one of a kind jewelry pieces and currently work as a full time studio artist.