Jeff and Judy Goodwin Featured Artists May 19 at the Arkansas Craft Gallery

Jeff and Judy Goodwin will be Featured Artists at the Arkansas Craft Gallery May 19 from 10-5. Their colorful porcelain jewelry has been extremely popular with Gallery visitors for many years. The Goodwins, from Huntsville, Arkansas, were raised in Northern California, where they met while attending Humboldt State University. They lived in Wyoming and Utah while Jeff was employed as a geologist. Judy has been involved in ceramics since high school and worked as a potter and jeweler. After apprenticing together with a ceramicist in 1997, they created Daaman Jewelry.

“We have always found enjoyment working in clay, specifically colored porcelains.” They began by experimenting with the Japanese process known as nerikomi. The process begins with mixing the porcelain clay, using their own recipe. Stains are added to make over 35 colors that are layered and manipulated into loaves or blocks using their designs. “Judy and I create our designs using our imaginations aided by nature with lots of color for inspiration. A computer drawing program is used to work with our designs before they are created in the clay. It has become a great designing tool that allows use of our colors in unlimited variations.”

Each piece of jewelry is sliced from the block and carefully shaped, sanded and wiped clean with a damp cloth. It is then bisque fired, followed by a glaze firing to cone 6. 24 karat gold lustor is applied to the edge of each piece before a third and final firing. All the rich depth of colors found in their designs are from the colored porcelains. No paints, colored glazes or under glazes have been added. The final process of creating the jewelry involves the use of 24-carat gold wire, wrapped and tied, and semi-precious stones and fresh water pearls are embellishments to their jewelry.

They travel for art shows throughout the year and are regulars at the Fall War Eagle Fair. They have work in galleries in New York, Michigan, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania and more. Their jewelry is available at Heartwood Gallery in Fayetteville, Terra Studios in Durham and Zarks in Eureka Springs, and the Crystal Bridges Museum Store.

Jeff and Judy Goodwin, daaman jewelry, 5238 Madison 3050, Huntsville, AR 72740

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Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.