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Jan Smith

Dual Bitter Circles Necklace
In Sterling, Copper, Enamel, Pearls, Graphite

Jan Smith is a Canadian/American artist working in vitreous enamel and altered and textured metals. Centered around mark making, her work is infl uenced by her background in drawing, intaglio, and linocut prints.

“My work evolves from an intimate connection to place… Walking, observing, and gathering are daily rituals… Slowing down in order to comprehend the complexity of patterns, surfaces, and colours — these observations inform my practice.” -Jan Smith Artist Statement

Her enamelwork involves sifting numerous fine layers of vitreous glass, which she then abrades and alters. Her mark-making, along with the unpredictability of the process, creates her work’s subtle surfaces and variations. Born in Vancouver BC, Smith received her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jan has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work is included in public and corporate collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Burnaby Art Gallery, and Simon Fraser University.



Current Work

Autumn Journey
Sterling Silver, wood, intaglio print, found material, mica, steel cable. Piece by Piece exhibition: Narrative & Found Object Jewelry Inspired by the legacy of Ramona Solberg & Ron Ho" June 2019


Garden Wall Brooch/Pendant
Brooch in sterling silver with enamel. Approximately 3 1/2" x 1 7/8" x 1/4" deep. 
Exhibit: Right On! Rites, Rituals, Remembrances 


Past Work

Oort Cloud
Neckpiece in sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamel, and patina. 24" long. Centerpiece measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 3/8". Exhibit: Celestial: Comets, Cupids, and Other Heavenly Bodies 



1967 "Right Now" 
Necklace in sterling silver, copper, enamel wool, and silk thread. Exhibit: Celebrating 70 


Spring Poppies
Neckpiece in sterling silver, copper and enamel. Exhibit: Arte Fresca 


Winter Garden 
Brooch. Sterling silver, enamel. Wooden display box. Exhibit: Signs of Life 2006