Southern Adirondack artist transforms life into beauty

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Jacquelyn Koba has been making art as long as she can remember, and making a career with her art since 2001. Koba is the artist behind Elements by Jacquelyn, and specializes in lampworking (glassblowing), jewelry design, metal smithing, and painting.

Some of the most meaningful pieces she works on are “Memory Glass,” commissioned artwork created from loved ones’ cremated ashes.

Memory Glass provides a unique method of memorializing family, friends and pets by suspending cremated remains within solid glass sculptures, touch stones, marbles paperweights, beads, pendants and/or keepsake jewelry.

“I’m able to create memorial glass pieces that incorporate ashes or other items,” Koba said. “It goes without saying that it is difficult to create these pieces but knowing that I had some part in helping someone heal and still feel close to their loved one makes it all worth it. I make the glass cabochons to then be made into sterling silver rings, brass pendants, pandora beads to sculpture. Each piece is unique to them, clients are able to choose wide range of colors and even add names, dates, or other personalizations.”

She pulls inspiration from the world around her and said her biggest influences are nature, the Adirondacks, and wildlife. Koba loves to test new methods and develop her skills.

“I’m always pursuing other mediums of art and expanding my craftsmanship to combining my talents and knowledge” she said.

Koba has a Fine Arts Degree from Pratt MWPI, and attended the Liberal Arts program at Mohawk Valley Community College and continued to SUNY Poly where she received a Psychology Degree. Since then she has attended several workshops and classes to widen her range of skills in a variety of art forms,from lampworking, silver smithing, to pottery.

In addition to selling her art and creating commissioned artwork, she also teaches lampworking and painting workshops. She has taught in a variety of locations, but most recently at The View Art Center in Old Forge and Erwin Park in Boonville. She also hosts private events at her studio or students residences.

Customers can purchase artwork on her website www.elementsbyjacquelyn.com, or in select area shops including the Munson Williams Proctor Museum of Art Gift Shop, Heartwood Gift Shop, and at area farmer’s markets and events. A few of her favorites to exhibit her artwork at are the Old Forge Farmer’s Market and the Clinton Arts and Music Festival. She encourages customers to check her Facebook page www.facebook.com/elementsbyjacquelyn or her website for lineup details this season. Because of COVID-19 she is still waiting to see what events will be held this year. Customers can also reach Koba at 315-525-2801. In addition to her Facebook page, she also showcases her work on Instagram at @elementsbyjacquelyn.

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