These days everything seems to be ethnic-inspired and yet it’s hard to find products as exquisitely crafted as Jennifer Musi’s handmade jewelry. After years of sculpting ceramic, she found her passion for metal jewelry making. Visiting Taxco, Mexico’s silver capital, and finding absolutely nothing she liked motivated her to enroll in a metal sculpting course to create her own designs. I love where that has taken her.
Jennifer works and lives in her metal shop/studio in Mexico City. “My studio consists of a workbench and basic tools. The silver wire and sheet are made for me in a funky downtown studio that uses Spanish machines from the 1920’s and has pictures of nude women on the walls, typical of Mexico, where jewelry is traditionally a male profession.”
“I love the immediacy of imagining something and making it with my own hands right away. My designs also develop as I make a piece. I always begin with a simple sketch, but I adapt to what the piece needs once it is three-dimensional.”
Pictured above is Jennifer’s Aztec ring. “I feel the piece is powerful because it causes me to be present. Tribal jewelry has this weight and it is my favorite because it feels like it is here to last.” I agree.