Bonney Netzel, Jeweler
Bonney has a BFA from Cardinal Stritch College and an ME from the University of Minnesota. She has taught art on various levels, including the University of Wisconsin – RF and then University of Minnesota. Formerly a textile artist, she came to Whidbey Island for health reasons and now creates jewelry. She lives in Freeland with her husband and 3 rabbits and loves island life.
The source of my inspiration is often the material itself. The color, shape or texture of a bit of abalone or bead, or recently the stem of a persimmon may become a theme to pursue in precious metal clay, milled or a wire-wrapped piece. Hence, my work is eclectic, drawing upon a number of techniques. Sometimes the look is casual and earthy, sometimes elegant. I think of my work as expressive of the wearer’s mood or persona.
It is important to me that my jewelry is well-constructed and enduring. I work in silver, copper, brass, and gold-filled wire. Although each piece is unique, I can sometimes make a similar design. I can also make adjustments to a clasp or ear fastening, and I do commission work.