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Shannon Noelke Metal Arts~Handmade Jewelry in Jacksonville Florida .
Intuitive Design~Inspired by nature, many cultures and traditions, as well as the organic and fluid lines of the art nouveau era, Shannon Noelke Metal Arts is more than artisan jewelry. It is the blending of feminine and masculine elements into a synthesis of natural materials that speaks to the ancient and primal in all of us. I specialize in traditional metal work, intricate wire weaving, metal etching and fold forming. I create these one of a kind pieces as a way to connect to the sacred within myself as well as my customers
I began creating beaded jewelry as a small child, then as a teenager and my love for the Grateful Dead started using semi precious stones, doing knot work and seed bead weaving. From there I took my first silversmithing class through the Gem and Mineral Society in the early 90's taught by Paul Casteel. I dabbled in metal work for a few years, then in 2007 I opened up and co-owned Bead Here Now, a local bead shop in the 5 Points area of Jacksonville. I taught beading and wire classes there, then started teaching some basic metalworking classes. This is when I began metalworking fulltime. In 2013 I left the bead shop so I could focus on metalworking fulltime and we opened up King Street Studios ,a warehouse space where we offered classes and art shows. Due to high overhead and zoning issues, we closed the doors in 2016 and decided to work from home. At this time I am a full time jeweler with an online business.
Robert has been an artist for over twenty five years. Throughout his career he has experimented in both two and three dimensional artwork. Robert has received numerous awards, grants and scholarships. After graduating in 2002 from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in fine art, Noelke went on to work for two years at foundry casting bronze, aluminum, and resin. During this time, his interest in direct metal sculpting grew and he began taking blacksmithing classes. In 2004, Robert moved to Jacksonville to work with renowned sculptor and Jacksonville native, David Ponsler. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work on many exciting projects and has learned both traditional and contemporary metal working techniques. Robert has displayed his work in numerous galleries throughout the United States in both public and private venues. In 2009, Robert began The Itty Bitty Smithy, where he has continued his craft and shared his knowledge of metal work though advice and education. In 2013, he and his wife, Shannon opened King Street Studios to continue their craft and to teach others who were interested. In 2016, they were forced to close their doors due to zoning issues. The Noelke's relocated to their home studio where they currently produce their sculpture and fine jewelry.