Jessica Rutherford - Pittsburgh native. Full-time artist.
Rutherford sells jewelry and handmade beads directly and through galleries, works with kids in art education, and is digging into the wholesale market.
After designing jewelry for over ten years, Rutherford wanted a way to make her designs more unique. She began studying glass bead making in 2003 and incorporates lampwork and fused glass into her designs.
Some exciting things through the years: during the 2009 G-20 summit, Rutherford was selected to make cufflinks for the giftbags given to the world leaders. She assisted the Chihuly team to install and de-install the exhibition at Phipps Conservatory. Working with a group of at-risk boys, Rutherford and Daviea Davis completed a glass mosaic mural during a summer program in 2009. She designed and created a glass fashion show, "Adornments from Africa," in 2006 featuring seven models in African inspired glass jewelry and costuming. Each Spring, Jessica partners with painter, Kevin Wenner, to lead the visual arts component of Fine Arts Week at South Fayette Intermediate School.
Rutherford is a member of The Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh and The Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, a local chapter of the ISGB.
Mentors and teachers: Corina Tettinger, Barbara Becker Simon, Motavenda Melchizedek, Theresa Cress, and Michael Mangiafico.