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Joyarte

Priscilla Martinez has been making jewelry as far back as she can remember, stringing beads and twisting wire as a child of 8. Thirty years later, she has taken that gift that came naturally and developed it. By refining the metalsmithing skills of direct metal and lost wax techniques she learned in high school, she adds these proficiencies through more recent projects, which includes her diverse design work in joyarte. Alongside jewelry making, Priscilla studied dance, performing professionally and adding choreography to her career experiences. She still teaches ballet to young people and continues to choreograph for dance companies in her hometown of San Antonio. Although initially inspired by a broad palette of colors and myriad of shapes, she merges and relies on the influence of her dance and choreography, striving to move beyond simply stringing beads to visualize and incorporate rhythm and flow into her designs. In this way, each joyarte piece retains originality and tells its own story.