In my studio

Here, I'm sitting at the stump with the pitch bowl holding a sheet of copper. The chisel in my hand is embossing the copper with the loving persuasion of my hammer. After many hours of hammering, on both sides of the metal, a refined three dimensional image appears. This is sculpture, in miniature, made for jewelry.

Art jewelry as personal sculpture. One of a kind, handmade, that is yours alone.

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

"The techniques I use are as ancient as human culture. Repousse, enameling and inlay have all been used since before the Romans.

Working in the Tropical Studio

Hammer and chisels on sheet silver. A bowl of warm pitch. A tree stump. Traditional tools of the repoussage artist.

Love Letters

Outstanding jewelry. Outstanding service! My wife was so thrilled to receive this necklace. It is absolutely lovely. Customer service, shipping, and tracking were exceptional. Thank you!

William C., Maryland

I cannot explain how exquisite ... and positively beautiful these two bracelets are. Your craftsmanship and care that goes in to each design; the color choice and the stones themselves are exquisite. I absolutely love them. The Marco Polo bracelet is incredible … delicate and wonderful yet strong. So is the Sugarplum. I could not be happier. I have the Sugarplum on today. It is magnificent. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Mary M., Illinois

Most gorgeous piece of jewelry I have ever owned. Amazing Amazing! This woman is amazing, above and beyond! Thanks for working with me on payment plan and the extra bonus! Highly recommend! Thank you!

Kristi W., Maryland

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the Tropical Studio

Define handmade. Does it mean the artist made it?

Define handmade. Does it mean the artist made it?

It can be aggravating to check out a supposed “handmade” venue and find questionable pieces! I buy other artists’ pieces myself! As a collector, as well as a maker I find it frustrating to find the term “handmade” misunderstood, misused and undefined.
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Sustainability in the studio

Sustainability in the studio

Sustainability and jewelry making.

Balancing sustainability with gemstones, metals, and the chemicals involved in metalsmithing is complicated. I am very aware of the effects of all these activities on our environment so I endeavor to keep my impact to a minimum.

 

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