Luci Jockel is a jewelry artist located in Philadelphia, PA. She currently holds the position as Jewelry and Metalsmithing Lecturer/Coordinator at Towson University. Luci holds a Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, 2016, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), 2014. She has instructed and assisted courses and workshops at RISD, UArts, Penland School of Craft, and Peters Valley School of Craft. Recently, Luci has been honored with the 2019 American Craft Council Emerging Voices Award as a Shortlist Artist. Her jewelry work has been exhibited at various venues, including Schmuck 2018 Munich Fair, New York City Jewelry Week, Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference 2018, and Galerie Marzee's Marzee International Graduate Show 2016 where she received the Marzee International Graduate Prize. Her work has been featured in “New Brooches” by Nicolas Estrada, Metalsmith's “Exhibition in Print” 2017, and American Craft Magazine. She maintains a studio practice in South Philadelphia as part of the JV Collective, a group of seven female artists.
The animal remains utilized in Luci's work are ethically acquired and are found by herself or donated to her. Her work seeks to give a voice to the deceased beings in the hopes of building an interconnectivity between human and animal.
There are those, however, that are not frightened of grief: dropping deep into the sorrow, they find therein a necessary elixir to the numbness. When they encounter one another, when they press their foreheads against the bark of a centuries-old tree...their eyes well with tears that fall easily to the ground. The soil needs this water. Grief is but a gate, and our tears a kind of key opening a place of wonder that’s been locked away. Suddenly we notice a sustaining resonance between the drumming heart within our chest and the pulse rising from the ground.
Photo Credit: Josephine Hjort