Artist Biography – Jill Tower

Jill's Workbench

I grew up in Idaho with “rockhound” parents, spending many family vacations hunting opals, agates, onyx, and other treasures all over the U.S. western states. Now years later, my family is more likely to be found buying and selling similar items at the rock and gem shows in Quartzsite and Tucson.  My father cuts and cabs many of the stones I use in my work today.

I began my metalsmithing and enameling journey with classes at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, and have further developed my skills in workshops from artists I admire including Harold O’Connor, Merry-Lee Rae, Linda Darty, Jeanie Pratt, and Charity Hall. I work slowly in my free time while raising a family in southern California. Currently, you can find me teaching classes in Enameling at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. I am a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC).

Exhibitions & Awards

2018 Saul Bell Design Award Finalist in Enamel - "North American Owls" Bracelet

2018 Halstead Jewelry Challenge First Place - "Koi Fish" brooch

SNAG JaMS 2018 (Society of North American Goldsmith's Jewelry and Metals Survey) print exhibition - Nuthatch Brooch

Halstead Design Challenge 2017 - Runner Up Laguna Beach Tidepool

Instructables Jewelry Contest, May 2017 - Third Place Double-Sided Bezel Bead

BeadDreams 2016 - First Place / Metalwork Cherry Blossoms Necklace

BeadDreams 2016 - Second Place / Handmade Beads Flora & Fauna in Copper & Leather

MASSC Jewelry Challenge 2016 - Second Place Little Dark Gem Moth Necklace

Appalachian Nature Art Exhibition, June-July 2016, Alleghany Arts Council

Arte de Avian Exhibition 2015, Tubac Center of the Arts, Arizona

MASSC Metal Extinction Exhibition 2014 - Honorable Mention Mission Blue Butterfly Brooch; Saddleback College Gallery, Mission Viejo, CA


Bead & Button Magazine, October 2016, featured on pages 17 and 19

Nature Inspired: Animal Edition, Christine Agro, Falling Leaves Press, August 2016

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