"My goal in designing and fabricating jewelry is to achieve a line and flow reflecting forms that occur in nature. I like to allow the materials themselves to create their own flow.
For example in my silver wavy tube series, first I cut a pattern of thin silver plate for making tube. After I solder the seam of the tube, I bend it to its utmost limit while maintaining a smooth curve, stopping just before the tube creases or folds. At this very moment, the silver tube takes such an intense and vibrant shape that it appears as if it occurs naturally and was not intentionally created. In the end, the lines reflect the characteristics of each material I choose, such as the thickness of the silver tube, or the size of the different stones.
I consider my jewelry to be wearable sculpture using gemstones for healing energy."
Junko Stickney was educated at the Arts and Crafts University Kanazawa in Japan, where she received a BFA in Metalsmithing in 1977. She moved to the East Bay in California from Tokyo in 1990, and has been working from her home studio, ANYATO Kobo designing original pieces and selling them through various galleries and Open studios around the Bay Area and in Japan.