BUSINESS NAME: Allison Hilton Jones
ARTIST STATEMENT: The word I use most often to describe my work is graphic. The simplicity of clean shapes combine to create small sculptures that you happen to be able to wear. I read once that texture and color are a pair like salt and pepper – they add spice. Concrete and felt are my spice, giving each piece a unique combination of sleek shape and form with an organic, tactile quality. The finished product has substance and boldness, much like the envisioned wearer.
BIO: Allison is currently in her third career as a metalsmith after being a high school music teacher and nonprofit governance consultant. Her work began primarily with hollow forms in sterling silver and has evolved to incorporate enamel, concrete and felt. When her first jewelry instructor saw her first jewelry design his response was, “The world has gone to hell!” She’s wasn’t entirely sure how to respond, but she figured that if her jewelry could elicit such a powerful response from someone she should just keep going.
Allison lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, son, two rescue pit bulls and a rescue cat.