We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Buchanan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up sailing & traveling with my family instilled in me an awe and appreciation for the sea and natural world. During college I studied under various artists- immersing myself in various artistic, creative endeavors. Starting with basket weaving and stone carving then moving into jewelry design. One of my intentions is to use this design process as a way to showcase the stunning beauty and magic of the natural world. The expansion of my jewelry business has been an organic process taking all the teaching and skills I have learned over years into this jewelry medium.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
JCJ jewelry pieces are truly one of a kind. Each element used in the design process is unique making each piece unique. The materials I use are constantly challenging me to expand and evolve my designs and techniques- balancing refined design with rough cut elements. I love using natural elements such as seashells, coral & Herkimer Diamonds & driftwood because of the stories & meaning they evoke for me as an artist and hopefully the wearer.
Moriah Stanton- from MoMo Taos- describes my designs as “magical alchemy.”
This process brings me constant joy- being able to tell tales and stories through wearable art pieces.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we were staying in Denver I would take them to the Denver Art Museum followed by RootDown for dinner. I always love the yoga classes at the Denver Botanic Gardens or a concert at City Park. If we are venturing outside the city I would take a friend skiing at Keystone followed by dinner at the Snake River Saloon.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to Mission Blue who tirelessly work to protect our oceans! I would also love to share some credit with my parents. Their love of sailing and the ocean has been a large part of why I have chosen this form of jewelry design.