Get to Know
My name is Roxanne Coffelt. I make all the jewelry that you see here in my studio. I use many techniques, including fused glass, precious metal clay, wire-wrapping and sometimes just plain old stringing.
As a child I was exposed to lots of crafty things. My mother sewed. I learned Indian seed beading, made potholders, did leather work at camp, etc.
My journey in jewelry-making began in Shanghai, China. While living there I learned about pearls; first buying pearl jewelry while shopping with the other tai tais (wives), then designing my own personal jewelry and having it made by the shops there, and buying a variety of pearls. With my family I also traveled extensively in China in addition to other parts of Asia. After returning to the U.S., I began taking jewelry classes in order to use the large supply of pearls I had accumulated. My shop is named "Shanghai Tai" because one tai character means "too", as in "too much", "too expensive", like "extreme". Two of the same character together though, is tai tai, which means "wife" or "Mrs." To me, Shanghai Tai represents the (slightly excessive) lifestyle that western expat women live in Asia. My designs often have an Asian influence as a result of my many travels and exposure to Eastern cultures.
Though my degree is in accounting, I have taken many classes and workshops to improve my jewelry-making skills, including classes from Chris Darway, Mark Nelson and Holly Gage, among others. In 2009 I became certified in precious metal clay. As you can see, I also like to work with fused glass. So far I have only exhibited my work locally, but have won some awards:
2013 Kosciusko County Fair, Champion, 1st & 2nd Place in Professional Crafts
2011 Kosciusko County Fair, Champion, 1st Place in Professional Crafts
2010 Lakeland Art Association Juried Show 1st place in 3D, and Kosciusko County Fair 1st and lace in Professional Crafts.
My work can be seen at the Lakeland Art Gallery in Pierceton, IN.