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Jude Clarke

Jude’s work is made from precious metals, primarily sterling silver, and gemstones.  Her metalwork comes from a background in sculpture, painting and printmaking, and her fascination with tiny mechanical parts.

“The mechanics of metalwork are a joy to me, from the sequential nature of building to my more precise hopes of making something work on a variety of levels.”


Jude was raised in upstate New York. Her father constructed scale model exhibits for New York State Museum and, as a hobby, built musical instruments. In these early years, Jude became fascinated with hand-tools, mechanical parts, and miniatures.  In 1982 she moved to Tucson where she studied applied arts. She was an artist in residence in Montreux, Switzerland and studied traditional metalworking in Michoacán, Mexico. Since 1992, she has concentrated exclusively on her own metalwork and jewelry.  Jude is the recipient of a Niche Award in 2004. Her work has appeared in many publications including 1000 Rings by Lark Books. She also appeared on the cover of Facere’s Signs of Life 2006.

Current Work

Retrospective: Passage
Distressed mirror, antique stereograph, diamonds and sterling silver
Piece by Piece Exhibition 2019
Boat Necklace with Sapphire
sterling silver and 18k gold with 2.8mm white sapphire.
Axe Arc Earrings
 orange sapphires, sterling silver and 14k gold

Past Work

1982 "Turning Tide" 
Necklace in sterling silver, steel washer, 18k gold, pearls, photo, and mica. Pendant measures 2.5 x 1.4". Exhibit: Celebrating 70 


Ginko Leaf Earring
Earring in sterling silver and pearl with 14k accents. Approx 1 3/4" long. 


Roadside Confidential
Necklace in sterling silver, garnets and broken taillight. Main element measures 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1/4". 17.5" long necklace. Exhibit: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered 


Pitched Hoop Earrings
Sterling silver earrings with faceted bullet garnets. Hang approx. 2". 


6 Barrel keys with garnets, 18k gold. Exhibit: Signs of Life 2007