Location: Denman Island, BC
Member Since: 1997
Cheryl Jacobs’ love of stones led to a jewellery apprenticeship in San Francisco. There, she was trained as a silversmith and goldsmith, including training at the Revere Academy of Jewellery Arts and a two-year apprenticeship with Janet Alix, a well-known jeweller in the Bay Area. She started her own business in 1987 creating one-of-a-kind fabricated pieces. In 1993, she returned to Canada and has been designing and creating jewellery from her studio on Denman Island ever since.
Her jewellery is production-casted using the lost wax casting technique and embellished with semi-precious stones, fossils, freshwater pearls and other natural artifacts. Cheryl creates all of the designs and original wax castings herself.
She has additionally been teaching mosaic-making and silversmithing for 16 years. Her studio is open to the public and set up for many different types of jewellery workshops. She currently also teaches casting and silversmithing techniques at North Island College in Campbell River.
“My work has finally become what I want it to be. The inherent freedom that came with turning 50 a few years ago gave me the ability to design and work with stones, fossils, bones and artifacts that excite me. The best part of my day is sitting at my bench with an array of materials in front of me. I then play with all of the textures, colours and unmatched elements and try to create a piece that I am really happy with. I still get inspired walking into my studio every day and feel blessed to be doing something I love so much.”