Jan Maddox is essentially a jeweler but she also creates more pictorial assemblages using various media including metal. Her jewelry is primarily constructed from metal, using sterling with18k gold accents. Her double or triple rings are objects worn as one or two finger constructions and use unique stones while her bracelets have the ability to fit a person’s wrist by expanding and contracting – no catches involved. Design problems usually catalyze her work; how many ways can you rearrange a given set of elements? Stones and/or colored pencil work often lend extra color and accents to basic metal objects. The function of jewelry is a challenge for exploring new ideas about objects of personal adornment. Her colored pencil pieces explore modern art painting transformed into small art works to wear.
Maddox, Professor Emerita, Montgomery College, Rockville, has a BFA degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition to a long career of teaching design, art appreciation and jewelry and exhibiting her work, she has been active in various professional and community groups including the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths, the James Renwick Alliance, the National Society of North American Goldsmiths, Maryland Crafts Council, Rockville Arts Place, and was a co-founder and Vice-President of the VO Galerie in Washington DC for three years.
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