If you have ever held a piece of sea glass or pottery, you would know there is no substitute for how it feels in the palm of your hand and how it takes shape as a result of its travels in and out of the high seas. To achieve the interesting designs needed for hair accessories and brooches, I look for specific sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. I visualize a series of puzzles and try to imagine how these pieces will naturally fit together to form a unique piece of wearable art. The glass and pottery have stories of their own – best described in the Sea Glass Chronicles as “time capsules.” As an artist, I am inspired to let the natural shapes and sizes lead me to create new pieces that accentuate their beauty rather than altering them to fit something pre-conceived.
Since graduating from college and later graduate school, Jacqueline established her reputation as a Marketing professional across many industries. For both large and small companies, she has been a catalyst for business growth. In 1999, Jacqueline married a master painter/decorator. Inspired by her husband Michael and their mutual passion for history and antique glass collecting, she decided to combine her business and creative skills. Recognizing an unfilled niche for high quality, custom designed hair accessories, she began to pull together pieces of sea glass and pottery found along the seashores of Cape Ann, Massachusetts. The pioneer author of the Sea Glass Chronicles, Carole Lambert refers to the shards as “time capsules” that capture coastal history dating back to the first ships that used old, broken English pottery as ballast on their trips to the new world. Since 2003, Jacqueline has created an entire collection of jewelry from these found treasures– fitting them together in their natural shapes like pieces of a puzzle. Enjoy this walk-through of Jacqueline’s artistic journey on the “Local Life” a video produced by 1623 Studios in Gloucester, MA.
In 2020, along with fellow artist Kristine Fisher, we launched Cape Ann ARTWaves to share stories of our Cape Ann Artists during the pandemic.