Artist Interview: Judi Erno of Urban Baroque Jewelry

This week’s interview is with Sewickley jewelry artist, Judi Erno of Urban Baroque.  Judi’s designs combine various elements (fiber, metal, stone, clay, glass) to create truly unique pieces.  She has a knack for balancing the classic with the contemporary, the earthy with the urban, the raw with the polished.   Her design fluency allows her to explore the spectrum of feminine and masculine styles.  Whatever her materials and wherever her designs take her, Judi’s work is like a breath of fresh air. A woman of many talents, Judi worked as a professional caterer and restaurant manager… Read More

Artist Interview: Susan Fiori of CHA-CHING Coin Jewelry

Coins and jewelry have long been bedfellows, dating back to the early days of coin minting.  According to Rayner W. Hesse’s book, Jewelrymaking Through History: An Encyclopedia, Roman men and women first began adorning their necks with coin pendants and amulets as early as the first- to third-century C.E.  Through the ages, other cultures, like the Vikings and Rai women of Nepal,  incorporated coins into their daily fashion.  Coin jewelry became popular in the United States in the 1880s when male soldiers and travelers turned foreign coins into “sweetheart jewelry” for their… Read More