A self-taught jeweler with a fine arts background, Rona Fisher earned a BFA in painting from the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1980. Rona discovered crafts as a valid artistic medium while living in San Francisco in the early '80s. She then moved to Munich, Germany, where she discovered a love of goldsmithing, reached an artistic turning point, and began to make jewelry.
Rona returned to the United States in 1991 and immediately embarked upon the adventure of developing a viable jeweler's workshop of her own. "Making a living as a designer is a continuous process of tempering fantasy with reality," she says.
A juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen since 1993 and a member of the American Crafts Council, Rona has taught jewelry classes at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts and is a recipient of the Manayunk Purchase Award for Excellence in Design, and was a NICHE Award winner.
The Work: Fine, Handmade Jewelry
Rona's work is heavily inspired by rushing waters and river pebble patterns.
The pieces are created in various combinations of metals including oxidized sterling with 18k gold as well as palladium and 18k gold with a distinctive texture recalling the worn and ancient jewels of the past.
"Using jewelry as an expressive medium is a balancing act between process and idea. Getting too tangled up in the technical aspects can stilt the flow of a piece, putting the visual emphasis on technique rather than on the beauty of a line or a sensitively placed sphere. For me, intuition is more important than technique. Technique is empty without inspiration."
Rona's background in painting and her five years' experience as a freelance jeweler in Munich helped her develop a strong understanding of design. This design sense, combined with the expertise she has developed over two decades of jewelry making, results in uniquely handcrafted pieces. "My goal," she says, "is always to let the original inspiration come through in the final piece so that the wearer shares in my vision."
Contact: Rona Fisher
1400 N. American St., Suite 201
Philadelphia PA 19122