Luci Jockel is currently the Jewelry/Metals Shop Supervisor at University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia, PA. 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 courses and workshops at RISD, UArts, and Peters Valley School of Craft. In addition to her position at UArts as Shop Supervisor and an educator, she maintains a studio practice as part of the JV Collective, a group of seven women art jewelers. Her jewelry work has been shown at various venues, including Galerie Marzee's Marzee International Graduate Show 2016 where she received the Marzee International Graduate Prize, Schmuck 2018 Munich Fair, New York City Jewelry Week at Pratt Institute, and Society of North American Goldsmiths' Portland Conference 2018. Her work has been featured in Metalsmith's Exhibition in Print 2017, American Craft Magazine, Klimt02's Selected Graduate 2016, and other publications.
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