Jewelry is more than adornment. It’s an expression of the wearer. For these eight studio artists, the urge to create is incessant, and is inspired by organic and man-made details. The work sometimes mixes mediums, but always illustrates a mastery of technique and form.
Rachel Sims first encountered glass at age 16, when a local artist asked her to demonstrate flame-working at the Iowa State Fair. She followed that experience with a degree in jewelry and metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s in accessory design at the Creative Academy in Milan, Italy. She worked for a decade designing watches in Geneva, Switzerland, before deciding to launch her Corning, Iowa, studio fuzzishü in 2007. Today she mixes metal and glass to create vibrant, high-energy pieces.