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
    $190
    Non-Member Price
    $215

    Focus on perfecting and building on skills learned in Metals 1.  We will explore more advanced versions of techniques like riveting, finishing, soldering, as well as new techniques such as basic bezel setting and colorization. Materials fee $65 due to the teacher on the first class.

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

    Make a ring band from start to finish. We  will learn how to bend, texture, form, and color metal into a ring. Materials fee of $30 due at first class to the teacher.

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

    Learn how to take an industrial process and add color and pattern to jewelry. We will use powder coat to add color to jewelry. Techniques: shifting, stenciling, making findings and design.  You will leave with a finished piece. Materials fee $30 due  teacher at the first class. 

  • Instructor Name
    Jessica McGrath
    Ages
    13 and up
    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. Any questions: mary.newcomb@gmail.com

Jessica McGrath

Teaching Artist