As an artist I embrace curiosity, visual awareness, nature/plant/land advocacy. Walking and photography are part of my art practice.  I am a jeweler by trade but my skill set spans fine art, design, metalsmithing, ecological horticulture and landscape studies. Our planet is in peril and the time is now to take action as well as to advocate through art in order to illuminate our responsibilities at this time and work towards changing the paradigm before it is too late. My work celebrates nature, but also is acting as a siren to sound alarm.

j.e. paterak has been living and working in Maine since 1989. Two years spent away from Maine were to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan to attain her MFA.

She is an avid walker/hiker and is heavily inspired by nature. She lives in Portland, Maine with her two children and husband. Her studio is located in East Bayside within Zero Station gallery.

j.e. paterak’s contemporary jewelry has been featured in Ornament, American Craft, Metalsmith Magazine. Also featured in Lark Books 1000 Rings and 500 Earrings, and, and in select technical books published by Brynmorgen Press . She has written for Metalsmith, and curated locally for Zero Station.

J.E. Paterak



1994  Cranbrook Academy of Art  MFA - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1988  Hungarian University of Fine Arts  Independent post-grad studies, Budapest, Hungary

1986  Massachusetts College of Art BFA with honors - Boston, MA

1985  Cooper Union College of Arts and Sciences  Semester exchange, New York, NY


Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA  Infinite Knowledge  neckpiece acquired 2007

Chodokorf Collection  Detroit, MI  Out of Context neckpiece acquired 1994

Honors and awards

2020  Artist in Residence  Monson

2020  Craft Apprentice Program Grant funded by Maine Craft and Maine Arts Commission

2019  Artist in Residence Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

2019  Artist in Residence  Fiore Art Center, Rolling Acres Farm Jefferson, ME an affiliate program managed through Maine Farmland Trust.

2018-19  Project Grant  Maine Arts Commission, partial grant for new body of work and exhibition, Intimate Universe, June 2019

2014  HewnOaks Residency Lovell, Maine

Honors and awards (cont.)

2000  Good Idea Grant Maine Arts Commission

1998  Anderson Jurors Award Cherry Creek Arts Festival

1992-94  Robert P Daisley Merit Award Cranbrook Academy

1991  Mary Beason Bishop Award Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Jewelry Designer’s Way with Words, Winter 1998


2020 Fiore Art Residents, an exhibition of 2019 residents work, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Belfast Maine

2020 Haystack Gallery, invitational to represent the 2019 residents, Deer Isle, ME

2020 Pickwick, part of the alumni portfolio on display , Portland Public Library

2020 Twenty Zero Station, Portland, Maine

2019  Intimate Universe  solo exhibition - this exhibition was made possible with a grant by the Maine Arts Commission, Zero Station Portland Maine

Exhibitions history

I exhibited regionally in New England from 1986-1990 as a painter and printmaker. After graduate school from 1994-2004 I worked solely in the metalsmithing field, and exhibited extensively during this time throughout the US. I now consider this exhibition record archival, and I am looking forward to building a new exhibition record based on new work.


Jewelry: books

500 Earrings  Lark Books, Juried by Alan Revere, 2007

1000 Rings  Lark books, Invited by Robert Ebendorf , 2004

Discovery; Fifty Years of Craft Experience At Haystack Mountain School of Craft  Edited by Carl Little, 2004

The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets  Brynmorgen Press by Tim McCreight, 1999

Jewelry; Fundamentals of Metalsmithing  Brynmorgen Press by Tim McCreight, 1997


Jewelry: magazines and journals

Ornament  featured article The Creative Endeavor by Carl Little,  Summer 2002

Maine Sunday Telegram  Featured article The Craft Question by Bob Keyes  4.27.2003

New England Craft Connoisseur  A Trio of Jewelers Call the Shots, Winter 2003

Portfolio of Boston  All that Glitters, Winter 2003

Metalsmith - Exhibition in Print Special Edition, 1996

American Craft  Featured artist Gallery Section, Winter/Spring 2002

Ornament  Crafts at the Castle Preview, 1999

American Craft  Portfolio Artist, June/July 1998


Discovery; Fifty Years of Craft Experience At Haystack Mountain School of Craft  2004, Edited by Carl Little, essay and image

Metalsmith  Review of J.Fred Woell at Élan Gallery, Rockland, Maine, 2005 Vol. 25 no 3

Metalsmith  Studio Visit : Dan Jocz photos and text, 2004 Vol. 24 no 3

Metalsmith  Review: From the Centre to the Edge, an exhibition at Maine College of Art - ICA Gallery, Portland, ME, 2000    Vol. 20 no 5

Rescue Magazine  Comparative Roses, using the pen name Lucia Ray,  2004 February



Hope Through Art Zero Station exhibition to benefit Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project write-up by Bob Keyes for Maine Today, 2017

TopoPhilia  Portland and Ways of Knowing Place Zero Station, exhibition and invitation to present and have panel discussion with artists, Osher Map Library Portland, 2016

The Other Biennial  plum, Portland, ME, article in Portland Press (PPH) by Bob Keyes, 2003

Primary  Zero Station, South Portland, ME, reviewed by Phil Isaacson, for PPH, 2000


Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  1-3 day workshops  2003, 2013, 2018

Maine College of Art  Continuing Studies courses 1994-2001

Future Builders  Scarborough, ME, co-taught with Pauline Warg 1994-96


Haystack Mountain School of Crafts  Various workshops, 1994 - 2004

Cranbrook Academy of Art  Shop Tech, Metals Department under Gary Griffin, 1993-94

Massachusetts College of Art  Print Shop Tech Assistant, 1985-1986

Additional education

2012-2018  Certificate of Sustainable Ecology Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

2014  Certificate, Historic Landscape Institute at Monticello, VA and University of Virginia

1994-2014  Haystack Mountains School of Crafts, Maine Penland, North Carolina and Metalwerx, Massachusetts - Workshops with master craftsman, goldsmiths and silversmiths such as Harlan Butt, Michael Good, John Paul Miller, Pat Flynn, Barbara Seidenath, Mi Sook Hur, Kate Wolf and others

2007-2009  Studied botany and horticulture at Southern Maine Community College

Organizational Affiliations

  • Society of North American Goldsmiths | current 2019-2020
  • American Craft Council | member since 1994
  • Maine Crafts Association | member & represented in the Portland shop 
  • Maine Mycological Association | member and photographer
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | regular volunteer herbarium project
  • Architalx - Advisory Board 2010-present, Board Member and Vice President 2007-2010

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.