ABOUT LAURA JAKLITSCH JEWELRY
With an appreciation for modern design and a dedication to craftsmanship, Laura Jaklitsch fabricates each piece by hand in her Somerville, MA studio. Using her signature inlay technique, Laura experiments with material, color, and form to make jewelry that is fresh, contemporary, and bold. She lets the process direct the work, while making deliberate color and composition choices. Laura uses recycled metals and repurposed wood wherever possible to maximize sustainability.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the 2016 recipient of the Society for Contemporary Craft’s LEAP Award.
Laura Jaklitsch Jewelry uses recycled metals as well as sustainably sourced woods from local woodworkers’ cutoffs or vendors with responsible forestry policies.
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Leap Award Winner, Society for Contemporary Craft 2016
Honorable Mention, IMPI New England Design Competition 2011
Mobilia Gallery Irving Cooper Award 2010
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My work is made from an experimental inlay process involving wood and polyurethane. I begin by making a mold around pieces of wood, and pour the dyed polyurethane into the mold. I then cut into the resulting block, and repeat the process, one color at a time.
The color palette evolves organically as I am making each piece. My color language is informed by memories of growing up in California, observation of the world around me, photographs of landscapes, and how I imagine those places might feel.
I let the process direct the work, while making deliberate color and composition choices. The painterly, gestural process of cutting to into the wood block and pouring the dyed polyurethane is contrasted with the diligence of the findings and the graphic quality of the lines. The resulting pieces are a delicate balance of both experiment and precision, and the wood and polyurethane abstractions begin to take on a precious, symbolic feeling.
The woods I use in my work are cutoffs sourced from other wood workers or companies that use responsible forestry practices, and the sterling silver is recycled.