- I try too hard to make something perfect.
- I try to combine too many elements.
Experience hands-on art at Gallery on the Square
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:34 AM by Elaine Whitesides
What do faucets, hinges, shells, pearls and beads have in common? Well, if you join Joan Kisner at the Gallery on the Square in Danville, Ind., for one of her jewelry-making classes, they can all be elements of some beautiful and unique jewelry! Joan is an award-winning artist in jewelry making and other visual arts like painting. But it’s hard to pin down what her primary artistic medium is – the former art teacher is well-schooled in all of them. That’s one of the best things about taking a class at the Gallery on the Square; the instructors are great talents and are just so willing to share. Joan collects bits from all over the world and lets class participants choose from the findings for their own creations. I am a bit of a rock hound, so when I saw the ammonite fossil it truly spoke to me. I created a necklace with it and some earrings with some other stone beads I loved. I have tried my hand at making jewelry before as evidenced by the tubes of beads and pliers and findings in the special tote I got for a holiday gift. But many of the pieces I make are never worn and end up being dismantled. After listening to Joan talk about selecting items and putting them together, I realized there were two reasons: