Since I was a young child, I've been compelled to create.
I spent many years working in different media - drawing, painting, pastels, photography, stained glass, mosaics, sculpture, wire, glass, quilting, pastry, music and more - but jewelry is the one that stuck.
Jewelry is my passion.
I started out working in gemstones, and I love gems - so much so that I became a gemologist and mineral consultant - but I got twitchy working only in gems. In 2010, I took three classes that changed the direction of my art practice: Connie Fox introduced me to the basics of metalsmithing and all the tools therein; wire artist Tracy Stanley taught me to look to simple solutions to solve problems; and Susan Lenart Kazmer rocked my world with an initiation into ICE Resin®.
My focus shifted.
My mind is awash with ideas continuously, and I have to keep a journal handy, or my brain would shut down from it all. I'm obsessed with layers and process, and thrive on tedium, which I find meditative. I love working with non-traditional materials, and using everyday items in new ways. There's nothing better than giving the wearer a surprise, on top of falling in love with a piece of jewelry for purely aesthetic reasons.
HUWBijoux is constantly evolving, created in a studio that's a combination art space and science lab, and amazing new things are on the way. Always. So stay tuned!
Thank you for visiting HUWBijoux!
- Heather Uthman Widener, AJP, Diamonds Graduate (GIA)