“I am always seeking out that rare find whether a vintage bead, a Tucson gem show treasure or a stone that tells me a story. Rocks seem to speak to me and inspire and challenge me to try new techniques and innovative approaches to display my inspirations, the very stories I desire to tell. I strive to create jewelry that is durable, functional and beautiful. My joy comes in the creation of a unique piece, heirloom quality if you will. It is my hope that the purchaser experiences that same joy when they wear my designs.”
It all began in the fall of 1996, as retirement gave Jean Storm the opportunity to begin a new path. Jean chose the creative direction of jewelry making, and her first pieces were simple pearl and gemstone necklaces and earrings. In those early years, she was self taught.
Jean Storm’s official jewelry making education began with classes in fabrication, metalsmithing, enameling, silver clay, and beading. Her goal was to learn as much as possible about the jewelry arts. Interestingly Jean had worked in the field of dentistry where she learned to wax and cast, and then learned to bend wires for an orthodontist. While learning fabrication with Elizabeth Knodle in Dallas, Jean also had the opportunity to attend her beading classes in Tucson. She learned Bench Tips and Tricks from Alan Revere and Anticlastic Forming with Rhonda Coryell and their influence turned her back to forging metal. On the softer side of the jewelry arts, classes with Karen Doore and Debbie Cooper taught Jean the techniques of creating unique designs in silver clay. Studying with Sue Gordon at Brookhaven College brought a new focus to what Jean likes to do best, that is, setting stones in silver and then forging the connecting pieces. All of these classes have formed the building blocks for the foundation of Jean Storm’s jewelry designs today.
Over the past ten years Jean Storm has exhibited in many shows and galleries in Texas, including Coppell, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Dallas, Denton, North Richland Hills, Irving, Keller, Southlake and in Grapevine’s Gaylord Texan Hotel.
Jean Storm designs and makes contemporary art jewelry. You may find art clay, sterling silver, gold, copper, brass, glass beads, pearls and semi-precious stones used in a variety of designs from ancient to contemporary with mixed cultural influences.