My love for small, shiny objects began early in life. Pop beads, marbles, even agates I dug out of the asphalt in front of our house filled my treasure chest when I was little.

After some years as a wordsmith, I began my jewelry-making journey in 1994 when I took my first class at the Shepherdess beadstore, then owned by Marcie Stone, in San Diego, CA. The wonderful teachers and friends I met there taught me techniques for beading on fabric, bead stringing, off-loom beadweaving, micro-macramé and wire working. Through their eyes, I learned to really look at the world and to listen to my own heart.

I discovered metal clay in 1999.  I got hooked in my first class. I bought my kiln on the second day of that class. I went on to become certified at the Senior Level with Art Clay Silver and earned a certificate in PMC through the Rio Rewards program. In December 2006 Art Clay World chose to highlight my work in their “Artist of the Month” program.

I started teaching metal clay classes at the Shepherdess in 2000. That experience showed me that I love passing on techniques for jewelry making to students—and, to anyone else who shares my addictions! I’ve collaborated with Marcie Stone—founder of the Shepherdess and an exceptional bead and fiber artist—on teaching classes at retreats in Santa Fe, NM and at Gwen Gibson’s studio in Durfort, France.

Currently, I teach out of my home studio in Escondido, CA (near San Diego, CA), as well as at several other venues including The Bouncing Bead in La Mesa, CA, the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program for Adults in California,  and Patricia Weilbacher’s studio in Arroyo Grande, CA.  I’ve also taught at the Arizona Designers & Craftsmen Program in Tucson, AZ.

Working with metal clay has led to explorations in a number of related fields, most particularly in traditional metal fabrication. I’ve been studying with Deb Jemmott—metalsmith teacher and jewelry-maker extraordinaire—since 2000. I’m also fascinated by enameling and other ways of coloring metal. The found-object jewelry movement interests me as well.

In February 2000, I set up my own business, Designs by Jonna, both to teach and to sell my jewelry through fine craft shows and galleries. I am a distributor of Art Clay Silver products.  In June 2012, I opened my first on-line sales site that can be reached by pushing the “Shop” button up in the menu header.

Jonna_Faulkner-Bead_Quilt_square. Photography by Steve RossmanIn December 2001, I participated in a grassroots project called the Beadquilt that brought together beadworkers from around the world to honor all those affected by the tragedies of September 11th. I used bead embroidery and metal clay on my square for the quilt. It can be seen in Beaded Embellishment by Amy C. Clarke and Robin Atkins. This project meant a great deal to me, providing as it did an outlet for healing and connection.

9 Responses to About

  1. marcia says:

    and now I am teary eyed that my name is on your list…thank you.

  2. It was a pleasure speaking with you today…. Looking forward to meeting and working together!

  3. Georgia Griffiths says:


    Do you have any PMC classes in the near future?

    I want to learn how to make impression of things I find in nature and torchfire them.


    Georgia Dale Griffiths

    • Jonna Faulkner says:

      Hi, Georgia!!! Thanks so much for your note. As it happens, I do have a Silver Metal Clay Basics class coming up on Saturday, February 25. There are a couple of spaces open in the class if you’re interested. I always address torch firing in my Basics class and am happy to expand the discussion of textures to include natural objects. The cost for the class is $100, plus materials. I offer the Art Clay Silver brand of clay for sale at 20% off retail pricing. If you should happen to have Art Clay Silver or PMC3 in your stash already, feel free to bring either. To register, please email me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com. I hope the class works for your schedule!!! Jonna

  4. Susie Dunbar says:

    I am an artist who has been inspired to create something new from bits of shard from my many years of hand painting ceramic tiles. I have been watching quite a few videos on PMC and bezel making, however I have yet to see one takes a silver smithed bezel and soldering to PMC. Is it possible? It seems it should be as PMC is silver after firing. Do you have experience doing this technique? If so are you willing to share your knowledge?
    Thank you so much,
    Susie Dunbar

    • Jonna Faulkner says:

      Hi, Susie!!! Please forgive me for taking so long for me to reply. My dad passed on a few weeks ago after an illness and I’m just now getting back to “normal” activities. Absolutely, I combine traditional metalsmithing techniques with silver metal clay, including soldering bezels to set stones that won’t survive the heat of a kiln. I teach classes in my home studio in Escondido, CA, (in the San Diego area), and include this technique is some of the workshops. I’ve just posted some new additions to my 2018 Class Schedule which you can review on my website. I’m not sure where you’re located. If you’re not in my area, I may be able to help you find someone who teaches close to you. Please let me know if you have further questions. Best, Jonna

  5. Barbara Miller says:

    Can you please let me know about classes. I am a beginner in this medium. I live in Central Ca but my daughter lives in Carlsbad. I am willing to travel and eager to learn.
    Thank you,
    Barbara Miller
    barbaramiller10@ aol.com

    • Jonna Faulkner says:

      Dear Barbara, Please forgive the delay in my response to your lovely note. This may be too close to work with your schedule, but I am teaching a Silver Metal Clay Basics class this coming Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in my Escondido studio. There is an open space if you’re interested. The cost is $100 for the class plus about $50 for materials. I completely understand if that’s just not going to work for you. I will be teaching another beginning class in the new year but haven’t worked out my schedule yet. Are you on Facebook? If so, please friend me because I announce my new class schedule there. Or, you can sign up on my website to receive blog posts from me when I announce my class schedule. I don’t maintain a mailing list because I’d rather be in the studio. In any case, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! Best, Jonna

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