Discovering Artists, Connections, Cuisine, and Music
by Michele Cottler Fox

"As to what I get from being a member of AJF, that answer is both [easy and] complex. First, it gives me the chance to learn about art jewelry from the perspective of makers, gallerists, collectors, and museum curators. It’s hard for me to imagine another way to spend time with all of these different points of view at the same time. Second, it certainly helps me feel freer about the kind of work I make myself. Until I had spent time with AJF members, I was afraid to wear and show my more experimental work because it didn’t fit into the category of what most people think of as jewelry."