Jessica has spent the last 31 years as a Navy spouse and has enjoyed traveling throughout the world and all around the United States, usually en route to the next coastal city she would call home. 

 Form, line, shape and color have always intrigued her. She first became drawn to jewelry at one of the early stops in her travels when she worked as a jewelry and accessories buyer for a major department store. She was amazed by the fabrication and design process. The possibilities of what could be made seemed endless. This awe and wonder led her to take classes, which led to more classes and a life of learning and making.

Jessica’s work focuses on her love of color, texture and geometric form. She uses enamel, gemstones, silver, gold and patina in her jewelry.  She adds texture to her work by using photographs taken during her travels, which she uses to create texture plates etched with the images. 
Jessica studied Studio Art with a concentration in Metals at Monterey Peninsula College in California.She has also enjoyed perfecting her craft by taking classes at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and The New Approach School for Jewelers in Tennessee, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in North Carolina and Metalwerx in Massachusetts. She is currently a community member and president of the board of directors at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. She works as a studio jeweler and sells her work through her company Studio JmcG Jewelry, at national art shows, in galleries and on her website.

Jessica McGrath's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Jessica McGrath
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    110
    Member Price
    $65
    Non-Member Price
    $90

    In this beginning metals workshop, students will create a design using brass or copper, connect the pieces together using wire and donezo! Earrings! You’ll also have the chance to add a texture and/or an “antique" patina if desired. Materials fee of $25 due to teacher at first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Jessica McGrath
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    110
    Member Price
    $75
    Non-Member Price
    $100

    Learn a range of techniques making colorful, recycled tin into wearable pieces during this workshop: skills included will be using hammering, doming, cutting and drilling. Students can bring in their favorite tins or use the instructor's provided material. Materials fee of $15 due with first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Jessica McGrath
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    110
    Member Price
    $190
    Non-Member Price
    $215

    Four Weekday sessions. Learn the fundamentals of jewelry and metalsmithing in this exciting introductory class! Create rings, pendants, earrings and so much more as you build your designing and making skills in metals like copper, brass and/or sterling silver. Techniques covered include sawing, riveting, texturing, and patination. Materials fee $65 due with first class. No Experience needed! Please contact instructor for materials fee adjustment if using sterling silver.

  • Instructor Name
    Jessica McGrath
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    110
    Member Price
    $65
    Non-Member Price
    $90

    In this beginning metals workshop, students will create a design using brass or copper, connect the pieces together using wire and done! Earrings! You’ll also have the chance to add a texture and/or an “antique" patina if desired. Materials fee of $25 due to teacher at first class.

  • Instructor Name
    Jessica McGrath
    Ages
    16+
    Room Number
    110
    Member Price
    $75
    Non-Member Price
    $100

    Stackable Rings are one of the staples of everyday bling, ready to be mixed and matched with your mood! In this 1-day onsite workshop, you’ll learn to make a stack of hand-textured sterling silver rings, complete with an array of the bezel-set cabochon stones. As you work through the steps demonstrated during the class that will cover fundamental jewelry making skills, you will also learn a great deal about the finer points and intricacies of making jewelry safely and effectively, in addition to bringing to life that sought after decorative appeal of a glittering jewel! Materials fee: $30. addtional materials available for purchase from instructor

Jessica McGrath

Teaching Artist