THE MITZY JONKHEER STORY
As an aspiring English teacher, I took a class in jewelry design and it forever changed my life. In 1993 I graduated from East Carolina School of Art and Design with a BFA in metal design and moved back home to Wilmington NC. I have a small Gallery/Studio on Wrightsville Avenue, halfway between the river and the sea.
My work is organic, inspired by nature and crafted by hand. I often press the feathers of birds and the wings of bees, cicadas, dragonflies, and butterflies into sterling silver, brass, copper, and gold. I consider myself a hopeless romantic and often incorporate poetry into my pieces, sometimes as a focal point or faintly hidden on the back of the piece.
I work mostly with sterling silver, but have been known to dabble in gold, platinum, and other metals. One of my signature details is using rivets to hold elements of my work together, allowing finite movements within the piece.
All of my work is original, hand crafted, and made with passion.