Allison Hilton Jones most often describes her work as graphic. The simplicity of clean shapes, combine to create small sculptures that one happens to be able to wear. She once read that texture and color are a pair like salt and pepper – they add spice. Concrete and felt are her spice, giving each piece a unique combination of sleek shape and form with an organic, tactile quality. The finished product has substance and boldness, much like the envisioned wearer.
Jones creates each piece using a combination of traditional metalsmithing techniques as well as many hours of personal experimentation with concrete mixing, tinting, pouring, and sanding. It is a very messy job, but the results are worth the effort.
Allison Jones is currently in her third career as a jewelry artist. She was previously a high school music teacher followed by being a nonprofit consultant. It was through her work with nonprofits that she discovered the world of jewelry and metals. She took an eight-week course in metalsmithing at her local art center, asked for a torch for Christmas, and has never looked back. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband, son, two rescue pit bulls, and a rescue cat.