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Shooting Star Garnet Earrings – by Joseph Rhodes

Joseph Rhodes


This piece is part of Stellar Objectives, the current exhibit in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery. Stellar Objectives features the work of the newest members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild creating work in fiber, clay, glass, metal and wood.

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Joseph Rhodes

My interest in metallurgy has led me to crafting custom jewelry, setting gemstones, by both forging and lost wax casting. Fabricating classical loop-in-loop hand woven chains compliment many of my creations.


Stellar Objectives is on display until January 19, 2020 during regular open hours of the Folk Art Center.

  • Nickle free, tarnish resistant sterling silver, rhodolite garnets
  • Hand forged fabrication, handcrafted ear wires
  • This piece will be shipped after the close of the exhibition on January 19th, 2020
  • Shipping cost will be determined and billed at that time
  • Made in 2017

“I graduated in 1976 from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry, and had my own dental practice for 35 years.  While in dental school, I fostered an interest in precious metals during my clinical studies.  After fabricating my wife’s wedding ring, a life-long hobby of making jewelry followed.

When we moved to Western North Carolina in 1976, we were exposed to many artisans who were involved in a wide range of mediums and a number of these artisans have encouraged and tutored me.

After retirement, my idle hands led me to my workbench.  Most of my time is spent in my studio designing metal and gemstone jewelry by metal forming and lost wax casting.  The fun part has been adding new techniques and creating new designs.  In February 2018 I was honored to be accepted into the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

With my family’s encouragement, this is a senior’s start at a new career.”

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