Artist Jeff Fulkerson

Jeff Fulkerson

At the age of 16 Jeff Fulkerson started making jewelry and he has been creating stunning, imaginative jewelry ever since. When he saw his cousin wearing a Navajo bracelet he knew he had to have one. A model building prodigy from the age of five, he simply went to the workshop and taught himself to craft silver. And so it began. The first ring he ever made was quickly sold. It was then that he begin a lifelong passion for making people (and outfits) look amazing! A contributing artist to Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Artist Magazine, his work has also been seen in Art Jewelry Magazine, Step by Step Wire, & Rock & Gem Magazine. His work has also been featured in the Tucson Show Guide numerous times. Fulkerson says, “The first rule of jewelry making is it shouldn’t hurt. If it isn’t comfortable to wear, why bother? The second is that you should be able to accentuate an evening gown or a pair of jeans with the same piece of jewelry. My style is versatile, bold, and unique.” Jeff is a recipient of the Courtney McGowan Design Award as well as a blue-ribbon award winner for his jewelry in design and construction at the San Diego County Fair. Some of his awards include Best Educational Exhibit, Coordinator’s Cup (2005 and 2009), and Best Single Jewelry Piece (2005 and 2009). His statement piece “Scaling New Heights” won a Gemmy Award in 2015. Fulkerson’s meticulous execution and attention to detail is becoming well known among industry professionals. He lights up when talking about the matrix inside of a Tiffany Stone or a piece of Variscite. A master of inlay and design, he refers to inlay as “painting with rocks.” His silverwork is all self-taught, and he learned inlay from the best in the world: Richard Tsosie, Michael Cheatham, and Jesse Monongye. His work is more spirited than ‘fine’ jewelry, more intricate and sophisticated than something manufactured. It is a deep, soul-wrought achievement of metal, stone, and fire that pulls together to create something unlike any other. “I call it Art Jewelry- it’s as unique as you are.” Fulkerson began teaching silversmithing and jewelry making at the age of 18 when he taught summer classes at the San Diego Museum of Man. Since then, he has gone on to teach all across the United States from San Diego to Philadelphia, including Bead Fest, Bead and Button, Art Unraveled, Art Retreat in the Desert and Jewelry Craft Expo as well as a number of private studios and clubs. Fulkerson has invented and patented tools for silversmithing including the Steady Stamp and Fast Flare Forming Disks. Currently he is working on instructional videos and ‘How-To’ e-books. Together with his wife Roxanne, they run Alden Jeffries Design.

Who’s Your Tribe?

Humanity has long used symbols to convey meanings, thoughts, concepts and membership. When you see certain symbols, you know what group someone belongs to. A contemporary example is street gangs with colors and gang signs. It shows belonging. I once had a kid tell me he joined a gang because it was safer than his home… We’ll do anything to belong.

Make Mine Turquoise

I love turquoise. I want more turquoise. I love cutting and polishing it and making jewelry out of it. I’ve been fortunate to have had a couple of friends give me some turquoise over the course of the years, and that makes it very special.

Ahh, Spring!

In reality, every day is a new beginning; every day is a fresh start. When you start to live your life with those thoughts in mind, you will have a more productive day, week, year, life.

Talking Stones

Most people, like most rocks, fall somewhere in between treasure and paper weight. All of which keeps me coming back for more, whether it’s rocks or people.

Keum Boo

The ancient Koreans believed gold had healing properties. The wealthy would have eating utensils made out of gold so when the food touched the gold, the health qualities would be passed on to the diner.

Why I Make Jewelry

Periodically, I get asked why I make jewelry. That’s not a simple question. The answer is many-faceted. (Get it, ‘faceted’? Well, I thought it was funny.) Let me try to explain.

Jewelry As Art

We’ve all heard the saying “Art Imitates Life.” I think that’s a very true statement no matter what the art or what the medium. All art is really from nature and so as artists we’re really just trying to imitating the handiwork of God, the original artist.

Impressions

This ring is special to me for a lot of reasons. I was prevailed to be one of the first ‘complex’ metal projects for Step by Step Wire Magazine. They’re now defunct – I hope it wasn’t me…