An accomplished and internationally awarded Oregon pastel artist, Jan Maitland found the artist in her was also attracted to other art forms. She was totally inspired and drawn toward reverse painting and gilding on glass, known as Verre Eglomisé, during a visit to master glass artist Marco Toso Borella, in Murano, Italy. “I was inspired by his work on gilded glass and application of Gustav Klimt motifs. I knew immediately that I had to explore this exciting medium.” Jan looked for artists working in precious metal leaf, and studied water gilding in San Francisco with renowned gilder, Frances Federer. Maitland found she loved the fine craft of combining painting and gilding for her glass art and incorporating gold leaf into her jewelry designs.
Jan has been exhilarated with the disciplines of painting, gilding, and jewelry making, and has cultivated a wide range of skills in order to produce unique and elegant designs to be worn for special occasions such as concerts, weddings, anniversaries, and holiday gifts.
I work by appointment from my studio in Corvallis, Oregon, and you may visit my online shops on my website.
Kind Words and Testimonials
Lava Glow Jewelry is my new favorite thing! I’m a bracelet girl and when attending one of Jan’s Open Houses in Corvallis, it is very hard not to leave with one of her new pieces. I have a hard time deciding between one of her leather band cuffs with a beautiful gilded lava piece at the center or a delicate lava paired with beautiful beads and unique findings. Jan’s studio is a treat to visit if you’re ever in the area, and the plus is that you’ll meet Jan Maitland! Her work goes beyond Lava with gilded bowls and beautiful paintings. I know I’ll be back soon.
I just love my exquisitely designed necklaces by Jan. Every piece is uniquely designed with beautiful details, a mark of true craftsmanship. I always receive complements whenever I wear these lovely necklaces. I can't wait to see her latest designs.
Jan is such a versatile, creative artist. I love all that she does and own some of her portrait art. Yet most of all I love wearing her gilded lava jewelry to dress up my most simple wardrobe. I always get admiring comments while wearing my lava jewelry. How creative and so elegant and earthy to combine semi-precious gems with gilded lava. Jan has put together so many beautiful combinations it is hard to choose what piece I want next.
I love Jan’s sophisticated interpretation of the lava, gold, and cobalt. She melds the elegance of nature into a statement piece that always draws notice, and is fun to wear. People always want to know more about her nature-based jewelry.