Josie Lamb Williams has always been fascinated by trees, rocks, sticks and all things wild and developed a strong interest in ecology. When her parents gave her a book on wire wrapped jewelry one Christmas - she was instantly hooked on making jewelry.
The medium of wire wrap was a perfect fit because it does not rely on any fossil fuels or toxic finishing chemicals, as do so many other jewelry techniques. She began to gather natural materials such as twigs and acorns and incorporate them into her work.
Josie and her husband Mark Williams have always been driven to build a stronger connection between the natural and human world, and their organic and intricate jewelry is a manifestation of this desire. All of the shapes in the jewelry are based on ancient symbols, and shapes found in nature.
As their business grew, so did their concern for the environmental impact of the jewelry industry. By joining the Green America Business Network they were able to find suppliers of more sustainable raw materials such as recycled sterling silver and Fair Trade recycled glass beads.
Josie carefully designs and sculpts each piece from tarnish-resistant and 100% recycled Argentium sterling silver, accented by Fair Trade recycled glass and ethically sourced pearls. Mark creates the body for many of the pieces out of sheets of recycled copper, silver and brass. He hand-forges them and adds patinas to give them a natural and sophisticated presence.
Josie comments, “My advice for other artists who are concerned about the environmental impacts of their work is to not be afraid to look into alternate methods and materials. Looking for greener options does not have to be a compromise in your creative expression, but can instead be an opportunity for creative growth.”
Works by Josie Lamb Williams can be found at Top Drawer Gallery, Berea, KY; Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY; True Kentucky, Glendale, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; Amazing Green Planet, Louisville, KY; Edenside Gallery, Louisville, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.