Here in the perpetually green and sunny world of southern Florida sits the Tropical Studio. My name is Judith Ebert. Here, I work everyday and often late into the night at my craft. Surrounded by this world of leaves, flowers (really, it is ALWAYS blooming here) and warm weather wildlife, I am never without inspiration. I can’t help that this thrill of nature spills over into my designs. The jumble of trembling blossoms, tangled vines and floral perfume overtakes my senses. Maybe, if I lived elsewhere my work would be very different, but I am here and so this is what I do.
And I am never alone here, even in the studio. Tiny froglets and darting anole lizards are insistent and familiar friends, ever ready to amuse and distract. Perpetual beauty (only interrupted occasionally by a passing hurricane) is the promise of Paradise. It is infectious. What I have isn’t a desire. What I hold is a daily driving need to translate some of this natural radiance into art.
I’ve studied with today’s masters in enameling, chasing and repousse’, inlay and patina chemistry to become proficient in my craftsmanship. This has given me the vocabulary to express my vision. But it is my passion for what I see around me that makes this work mine.
My choice is hand crafting each piece individually through traditional goldsmithing techniques, fabrication, forging and working directly with eco-sensitive metal instead of casting from molds, or multiple production. It is very labor intensive and yields only one piece at a time. Each is original in design and production. But, I prefer it. Each little sculpture will become a personal work of art. Like a little gift from my hands to you.
If you love jewelry that is unique, jewelry you will love beyond this season in objects that display your love of art and nature, I invite you to look through my shop