Jillian Sortore, a Kansas native, received her BFA in Jewelry Design and Metals from Pittsburg State University and earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Sortore has earned numerous awards and has exhibited her work nationally. Her work involves a variety of materials and techniques that utilize traditional metalsmithing techniques as well as a variety of other craft mediums including resin, paper-clay, wood, and rubber.
Her current body of work consists of wearable objects and small sculptures intended to adorn the body that challenge the way traditional jewelry is worn. Jillian is currently working as a studio manager Chairman of the Metals Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, TX.
"I am intrigued by the elegance and playful repetition in the natural world of marine and plant life. The instinctive characteristics and life cycle changes that these natural inhabitants develop throughout their existence are continually changing to adapt to a particular environment. I find this evolutionary development fascinating. Through material choice and color I create a subtle reference to these very things that inspire me. By creating pieces of a wearable format I hope to involve the viewer with a more intimate perspective of this idea."
- Jillian Sortore