Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jill Hurant’s creativity began by watching her mother, a talented artist in her own right. Jill was always creating something be it embroidered jeans, handmade belts or handbags. “I’ve always had the need to be doing something with a creative edge.” She left Ohio in the early 70’s to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. While there she met and married her husband and then moved to New Jersey. Nine years ago a friend of Jill’s encouraged her to visit a woman who was taking classes at the Jewelry Arts Institute in Manhattan. Her friend said that she knew Jill would find the process of jewelry making fascinating. That visit changed Jill’s life. Although too intimidated for a year to call the school, Jill finally scheduled a class and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I had never done anything like working with metal before and I found it incredibly fascinating. How from a flat sheet of metal or piece of wire one could produce an object of such beauty. Learning the ancient techniques of fusing and granulation was fascinating. I felt left back in time to another place. It’s the process of hand fabricating the piece that is enthralling. The end result or the beauty of the piece is just ‘the icing on the cake’ for me.”
became more immersed in the jewelry making process, she began to take classes
all over the east coast, to increase her skills and knowledge. “Even
with all the techniques I have learned I still love granulation and the richness
of the 22k gold. I have tried to take this ancient technique and give it a
more modern edge.” With its classical beauty, Jill’s jewelry has
a timeless elegance.