Joanna Gollberg

August 24, 2021

Joanna Gollberg-Pistachios

Joanna Gollberg is featured in our 2021 Exhibition 'Sticks and Stones & Broken Bones' 
July 31st – October 31st

Our Autumn exhibition celebrates contemporary artists that aren't afraid to push limits by moving away from classic designs and towards recognizable imagery.



Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and when?

A: Fashion Institute of Technology, Penland School of Craft


Q: What inspires your work?

A: Color, Gemstones, Techniques


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: Not really. I love production work and one of a kind things, too.


Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: My Grandmother was an enamelist. I learned how to enamel from her and that led me to take a jewelry class at Penland. I've never stopped since then, when I was 19.


Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: I love soldering. It is comforting, it is Zen, it is completely satisfying.


Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?

A: There are so many admirable artists in so many genres. I simply don't have a favorite.


Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?

A: I love handicrafts from different countries. Especially textile crafts. However, I would be in awe if I ever had a home in which I could display a work by Walton Ford.


Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?

A: I wonder if my clients know exactly how much I appreciate their financial support.


Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: I spend time with my 12 year old son, my husband, my German shepherd dog, I garden, cook, sew, embroider, travel, spend time at my floating house.


Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: Although I work hard, I also am very lucky to have found this work that I love, and I am very grateful.

Q: This show centers around more unique jewelry making materials. What drew you to those materials? 
A: I love color, texture, arranging things. As well as using items that aren't supposed to be valuable, but can be made so by special treatment.
Q: How do you source the materials that you use? 
A: I find many things on the ground. Otherwise I have relationships with gemstone dealers that I've made over 20 years of working.
Q: The materials featured in this show are oftentimes overlooked in traditional jewelry making. What are your goals for using them in your work? 
A: Most of the time if a material is not common to jewelry, my goal is just to use an item that is interesting. It could be color, texture, form....or it could be a recognizable item that is simply surprising and interesting to see in a piece of jewelry.

Joanna Gollberg

Asheville, NC


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