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Jean Ann Savery helps folks find the artist within

By Kristy Wolfe
“There is an artist in everyone. We just have to find our medium.” That is the motto of owner and creator of The Jewelry Workshop, Jean Ann Savery. While working a grant-funded job a few years ago and knowing that it would end soon, Savery started exploring her options. She thought about what the community needed and looked at items that she frequently bought which consisted of mostly pottery and jewelry. Although she was a teacher by trade, she soon brought out the artist within herself. She began to take classes, and from there her ideas and dreams began to grow.
Savery wanted to bring something into the community that was needed and could help people feel good about themselves. “It is all about empowering people to do their own thing and feel good about themselves,” said Savery.
After taking a number of classes including some through Appalachian State University and local jewelry stores in Boone, Savery started her own workshop with her husband building most of what she needed to work with.
The 1500 square feet workspace at 508 North Shady Street, Mountain City, offers an impressive first glance. Beads of all types cover the entire surface of one large table; there is a spacious classroom area and plenty of workspace. With this arrangement, “I can teach and have others working in other parts of the studio,” she said. In an adjoining room is a spacious area for pottery. The building is handicap accessible and all the equipment, tools and supplies anyone needs are available for purchase.
Most classes are offered from five years on up. “I have had generations of family to come in and work,” said Savery. “They would cut out the jewelry and lay it out, and I would finish it. I have had some come in once a week to make gifts.”
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