About The Artist
When Joan Michlin and Skip Ennis met 46 years ago, they clicked as two Yankees in the deep South as students of Memphis Academy of Art, both serious about their craft. She was a Michigander, who, at 16, had a booth showcasing her Sterling Silver rings at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. He hailed from Cape Cod, rejected an Ivy League path to study at Fleming College Florence in a life-altering two years in Florence, Italy.
The sculpture and metalsmithing major (Joan) formed a friendship with the painting and printmaking major (Skip) in 1976. That morphed into a 40-year marriage and an even longer business relationship that dates back 44 years.
“We moved to New York after art school with $100 in our pockets, a beat-up Volkswagen and a dream,” Skip says. “We moved to the edge of Harlem and lived in a one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor.”
Eventually their dream would be realized as Joan Michlin Galleries. The Sarasota, Florida, business carries Joan’s award-winning, handcrafted pieces that have been referred to as “wearable sculpture.” The iconic designs are featured in several museums, numerous galleries and many private collections.
Expect to be wowed by their unique creations- handcrafted pieces that boast timeless wearability, and are “dedicated to the people that matter to us –our Collectors.”
Skip refers to Joan as a Master Goldsmith and “the most prolific artist I’ve ever met. She goes so deeply into the creative zone, I often have to feed her!”
Joan’s pieces reflect a fascination with light, energy and powerful form by using nature’s finest elements to produce a collection “that sings with the same excitement we feel,”
The jewelry elements consist of 14K and 22K gold, Damonds, Boulder Opals, Lapis, numerous colored semi-precious and exotic gems, and a variety of pearls. Their techniques involve casting, construction, fabrication, and carving.
The Collection also has at its core ,renowned Sterling Silver Art Boxes that feature their jewelry designs which wrap around and embellish the tops. These distinctive boxes sometimes feature a single earring as a decorative element on the exterior of the box, with the otherearring hiding inside. Collectors are encouraged to “think outside the Box,” to experience wearing the pieces to the “Beach, Boardroom, and Gala”, then display them as a remarkable Art Object on the mantlepiece .
Joan and Skip travel throughout the year to premier shows that include the Nationally number one rated La Quinta Celebration, The Smithsonian Craft Show, Old Town Chicago, Ann Arbor MI, and Coconut Grove in Miami.
Their sense of humor has been a staple along with way as has their commitment to customer service. It’s not just important that their customers leave happy with their purchase. They take pride in promptly responding to inquiries about one of their designs and are happy to repair a stone that has become loose or a broken clasp.
Stop by their booth, talk with them about their inspiration and take home a future heirloom that’s one of a kind, a Joan Michlin Design that’s sure to be a conversation piece for years to come.
For a number of years we have previewed our Spring and Fall new design Collections at the La Quinta Celebration. This year we will have many new additions to the Geometric, Curvilinear, Nostagia , and Exotic Gemstone collections...Come check 'em out!