Luci Jockel

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Luci Jockel is a Philadelphia-based jeweler, whose compelling work forges a connection between humans and animals by giving “voice” to the deceased. She combines typical jewelry-making materials—metals and minerals—with the remains of dead insects and animals, resulting in pieces that are poetic, elegant, and eminently wearable. For example, a pendant, Winged Tears, contains midnight lace obsidian, silk thread, archival glue, and honey bee wings. Likewise a ring, Rosarium, also utilizes honey bee wings, along with propolis (a natural resin produced by honeybees from plant exudate), bronze, and tulip tree thread. A necklace, Seven Sorrows, features muskrat skulls, silver, 24K gold foil, honeycomb, lady bug, lichen, and allium seed pods. Other works unite brass with Whitby jet and metacarpal doe bone, metatarsal doe bone with beeswax and damar (tropical tree) resin, and snake vertebrae with freshwater pearls and silk thread.

Jockel is currently the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Lecturer/Coordinator at Towson University, Towson, MD. She holds a MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (2016), and BFA in Studio Art (Summa Cum Laude) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA (2014). Her work has been represented in numerous exhibitions, including Gallery Loupe’s online exhibition memorializing the Covid-19 pandemic, One World (2020); The Procession: MJ Tyson and Luci Jockel, NYCJW, R & Company, NYC (2019); Amalgam: Adorned Spaces with Alleghany Metals Club, SNAG Chicago Conference, Chicago, IL (2019); Insects, Galeria Alice Floriano, Porte Alegre, RS, Brazil (2018); Bees, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany (2018); Marzee at Frame, Internationale Handswerksmesse, Munich, Germany (2018); CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (2018); and Marzee International Graduate Show, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2016). Jockel has been featured in several publications, including Metalsmith, American Craft, and Klimt02 (Barcelona, Spain). Her jewelry is in the collections of Art Yard, Frenchtown, NJ and Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.      

Trace, Necklace, 2019, hand carved Whitby jet, metacarpal doe bone, brass
Skep, Necklace, 2020, brass, aluminum, copper, sterling silver chain
Ghoul II, Brooch, 2020, Aluminum, vertebrae bone
Ghoul I, Brooch, 2020, aluminum, metatarsal doe bone, vertebrae bones
Winged Tears. Earrings, 2020, obsidian, honeybee wings, silver, archival glue
Reverberated, necklace, 2021, ossicle bones, freshwater pearls, silk thread
Knotted, necklace, 2019, snake vertebrae, freshwater pearls, silk thread
Nested, necklace, 2020, bird leg bones, freshwater pearls, silk thread
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse tail vertebrae, snake ribs.
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse skull, lacewing fly wing, insect pin
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse tail vertebrae, beetle wings.
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Snake spine, honey bee
Photograph, 2021, framed 8 x 8 inches. Bird fibula, trumpet lichen
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Lacewing fly wings, bird mandible
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse skulls, scarab beetles
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Bird vertebrae, mouse scapula, allium seed pod
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse skull, moths
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse leg bones, lacewing fly wings
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Muskrat skulls
Photograph, 2021, framed, 8 x 8 inches. Mouse tail vertebrae, dragonfly wings.

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