We’re excited to announce that Providence based jewelry designer, Heather Guidero, will be our first featured artist for our First Thursday Jamaica Plain events this year! We love the detailed simplicity of Heather’s pieces. Her use of texture in all of her jewelry makes each piece unique and always gives you something new to discover about her pieces. We’re glad she was able to take some time to answer some questions about her process and her inspirations.
Meet her and see her stunning jewelry at Fire Opal Jamaica Plain on Thursday April 3!
How has your jewelry changed since you graduated from RISD in 2002?
I view the pieces that I produced at RISD as a starting point. There are ideas that I’m still visiting years later, but with a more nuanced eye and hand. During my time there I received excellent training in jewelry making, metalsmithing, and design, but it took several years to translate those concepts into wearable pieces that felt truly “me”. Working as a goldsmith for several years after my time at RISD helped me to significantly hone my techniques and become comfortable working with clients.
What has been your biggest inspiration as a jewelry maker?
I find a lot of inspiration in modernist design, and also in my clients! I enjoy working with patterns influenced by ceramic and textile designs of the 1940s through the 1960’s. I enjoy the challenge of translating my drawings into pieces that move while on the body and are also comfortable. My clients are a diverse group of women and men who tend to wear their pieces frequently, and give wonderful feedback on what they like or are looking for when commissioning specific pieces.
What does an average day in the studio look like for you?
First things first: coffee! I try to get most of the emails answered and pieces that are shipping that day packaged up right away. When my assistant arrives, we review the pieces that need to be made that week as well as any materials that need to be ordered, then sit down at our benches. I usually have a few custom wedding/engagement ring projects to work on in addition to making work for stores and galleries. There’s frequently a quick afternoon trip to my caster to review new a new sample or two followed by more coffee at the bench or teaching preparation before either heading out to yoga or to one of the jewelry classes I teach.
What are three words you would use to describe your aesthetic?
Geometric, textural, dimensional.
Is there a piece of jewelry you wear everyday?
I wear an 18k white gold filigree ring from the early 1900s every day. It was a special gift from my partner Ryan, and I never take it off.
How does the arts community in Providence influence your work?
I’ve been fortunate to meet some really wonderful artists and designers that have chosen to make Providence (and the surrounding area) their home. It’s a tight knit and supportive community always ready to help out, whether you need technical advice on a project, assistance getting your booth display to a show, or connecting someone with a gallery opportunity.
I’m always learning from my students as well, through teaching at local colleges and art centers. They inspire me to keep working away even if I’m at a creative crossroads with an idea.