Classic training as a ballerina instills an awareness of form, line and movement in the earrings, necklaces and pins she designs and creates. Her studies, at the American Ballet Theatre, and performances in the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Corp and the New Jersey Ballet Company influence and inspire her art, she says.
Neugebauer’s explorations with clay in the early 1980s introduced her to an Asian aesthetic, evident in her calligraphic use of gold-leaf and colored metal inlays on her work.
"I use sterling silver with an overlay of 23K gold leaf,” she says. “Many pieces incorporate freshwater pearls and Australian boulder opals set in 22kt gold. Die-formed hollow elements create visual depth, yet my overall focus on lightness and movement continues to be central to my approach. I’ve recently begun to use oxidized, sandblasted sterling silver with 23kt gold leaf to create even more dramatic surfaces."
Educated at Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., Neugebauer studied jewelry with Austin Goodwin at Kean College in Union, N.J and studied both jewelry and ceramics at the NJ Center for Visual Arts in Summit. She has designed and created jewelry for 37 years.
Her widely exhibited and collected jewelry has been featured in fine craft galleries, museum stores and juried exhibitions throughout the country.
For more information about Judith Neugebauer Jewelry, visit http://www.judithneugebauer.com/
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Richard and Joanna Rothbard have directed art fairs and craft shows for over 30 years and operate the summer Berkshires Arts Festival and American Craft Show Sarasota in December. The Rothbards also own An American Craftsman Galleries, http://www.anamericancraftsman.com/