"Each time I light my torch I feel a rush of adrenaline.
Glow of red hot metal, flash of molten solder joining metal to metal.
A stone's hidden beauty revealed through patience at my lapidary wheel.
These are my inspiration."
Janice Lea, Woman with a Torch
Jewelry artist Janice Lea's inspiration flows from within (vision, emotion) and without (beauty in nature, pattern/color in stone, curve of metal). Working from her home studio in scenic NE Oklahoma, she is never at a loss for jewelry ideas. She embraces a style that's eclectic and continually transforming.
Whether fabricating from precious metals, or cutting / polishing a special stone, she carefully completes each process, focusing in turn on each detail to ensure integrity in the overall masterpiece.
Janice credits her high school art teacher for getting her started on cutting and polishing her first stone. Today, her custom cabochons feature prominently in her designs. As an Art major at University of Central Oklahoma, she studied jewelry and metal design as well as general principles of design. She still loves learning and sharing knowledge. As a mentor to a beginner metalsmith, she enjoys the adventure of teaching known techniques and exploring new ones.