Shana Kroiz is recognized as one of the country’s leading experimental enamelists and jewelry educators. By the age of 23, she was cited as one of the country’s leading enamellists and featured in the book One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today as well as “Color on Metal: 50 Artists Share Insights and Techniques” and “Found Object Art”. She has been designing museum-quality jewelry for more than 20 years.
Throughout her career, Shana has been involved in teaching and promoting the growth of jewelry as a recognizable art form. Soon after graduating from college she founded the Maryland Institute College of Art Jewelry Center (MICA). Today she serves MICA as an instructor, studio artist and Special Events and Workshop Coordinator. Shana also served as the director of the 92nd Street Y’s Jewelry Center in New York City.
Shana exhibits her one-of-a-kind sculptural enamel and metalwork nationally and internationally. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City and the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin.
She has become a master of the art of copper electroforming and enameling techniques onto the electroformed surfaces. Shana carves her forms in wax and then electroforms them in either high carat gold, rhodium, rose gold, or oxides over copper. The process of electroforming can take between four to six days to complete for a single piece. The settings are hand-fabricated silver or gold settings. Electroforming is a unique means of enameling three dimensional forms of jewelry while keeping the weight light enough to wear. Using a combination of resin molds, metals and gemstones, her pieces are distinctive and tell interesting stories.
The signature of her jewelry design is it is transparent or opaque, huge and lightweight. Her swooping earrings and chunky necklaces are luminous, colorful and easily cross the line between sensual high fashion and gallery art.
As a youngster, Shana as fond of creating sculptures and pictures around the house. “I loved building things, I’m very meticulous, always had really good craftsmanship,” Kroiz told the Baltimore magazine. “But I was not a good student before I came to the (Baltimore, Maryland) School for the Arts.”
She went on to Parsons School of Design and was urged by her father to major in something that would earn money. So she majored in jewelry design. “When I went to Parsons, I found I was just better prepared [than most students],” she says. “It was easier for me, and I wasn’t focused on learning the basic skills.” After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Honors, she returned to Baltimore to her masters’ degree at Towson University.
My one-of-a-kind wearable jewelry celebrates ancient forms and the sensuous nature of the human consciousness. These pieces are universal in their appeal and personal in their effect. When worn, the jewelry interacts as sculpture making the body a pedestal.
Rich colors are created by the primitive use of a brush stroke and layering of experimental enameling or the brilliant colors of patina on silver which reflects the history of the art.
My art has become more aquatic in theme and fluid in form throughout the past few years. It’s not stagnant. It’s not something that’s sitting on the wall. It has to flow with your body.
My sculptural jewelry is expressive and sensuous, and is meant to be worn while celebrating life!
I wish people were more comfortable with wearing jewelry as art,” Kroiz said. “It’s such a great way to express yourself and let people know more about you.