Local artist displays her jewelry at JAC

Jackson Avenue Coffee will have a change in decor during October as its featured artist of the month displays her work.

Those who visit JAC will see jewelry by Laura Aberle, a local artist who specializes in jewelry and photography, hanging on the walls.

Aberle recently moved to Charleston with her husband after she graduated from Purdue University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in jewelry and metals.

She said she has been creating her own artworks since she was a young girl; likewise, she said her passion for jewelry started at a young age.

“I remember going through my mother’s lovely old boxes filled with treasures over and over as a little girl,” she said.

Aberle said she began making her own jewelry in high school and went to college set on a concentration in jewelry and metals.

She said her inspiration comes from a variety of things, including her parents, who she says are very talented.

“They both inspire me with their creativity,” she said.

In addition to her parents, Aberle said she draws inspiration from people’s love of their work and from nature.

“The love of nature was instilled in me at a young age and still is a great passion that comes out in my work,” she said.

Aberle said it is difficult to classify her work because she does not want to limit it to one style. However, she said she does tend to revisit similar themes in her work.

She said that her work is simple, elegant and rustic, and she tends to merge metals with textiles or natural materials like hair, fur and pods with metal.

Aberle said her natural supplies sometimes come from her father, who is a taxidermist and has access to things like deer, leather and feathers.

Although she is working only part-time on her art career, she said she hopes that in the future she can move into a more full-time job.

“My future plans are to someday no longer be a part-time studio artist, but be a full-time studio jewelry artist and photographer,” Aberle said.

The display will not only consist of Aberle’s jewelry, but will also display her photography and will run the entire month of October.

Aberle’s jewelry can be found at silverthrush.etsy.com. She can also be contacted through her Facebook page, Laura Aberle Jewelry and Photography.

Ethan Stephenson can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]