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Susan C. Balentine / Nature's Beauties
Susan's joy in creating with her hands was instilled at an early age by her artistic mother, from whom she...


Weaverville, NC

Jody Ochs

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Jody Ochs Design

Media: Jewelry

Jody Ochs offers original hand crafted sculptural jewelry. The pieces are hand fabricated in sterling silver with gold accents and semi-precious gems, often incorporating freshwater pearls and river stones.



Light plays between matte and glossy surfaces, dancing across the gems, enticing the eye, and invigorating the soul. The pairing of the masculine and feminine forms or textures presents a delicate balance of yin and yang. Each piece retains its own energy, power, and serenity. Jody draws her inspiration from the Nature that surrounds her in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. This is transferred into her fluid, organic creations. Jody's latest work, "The Spiculum Series," is constructed in hand fabricated Sterling Silver "Spiculum" Form. The Spiculum form is created by forging flat sheets of sterling silver (hammering it to curl up into a hollow tube form) which is then soldered together at the seam. Many of the pieces are made with multiple Spiculum forms intersecting.