Metalwork came by accident for me; the moment I held the torch and the flame erupted I was enthralled.  I approach my work not as jeweler, but as an artist who sculpts metal.

I choose to create by hand fabrication and thrive in an atmosphere of controlled chaos. I look for tension by disturbing symmetry and revealing unrecognizable shapes while visible and imagined boundaries show themselves.

I am pushed by the response of the metal to heat from fire, the results of which compel me to shape the metal beyond its limitations. The metal becomes flexible and open to the addition of other materials, which creates a result not determined beforehand.

I find inspiration in architecture and ruins and believe that experimentation and risk are the only true ways to discovery.

My attitude towards life, just like my art, is decidedly non-conformist.

Jill Herlands is a self-taught jewelry artist.

Jill’s work has been recognized with awards such as the Applied Art/Contemporary Craft category at Baby Forest, as well as an Honorary Mention at ‘Fun House 18’ Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. Some recent editorials and articles featuring Jill’s work are: Refinery29, Glamour Hungary, Paper Magazine, Man Repeller Blog, and Nylon.

Jill’s work is also featured in the 2017 and 2018 editions of JAMS Magazine, ‘Jewelry and Metals Survey’, an annual publication that highlights the best new work being made in the international field of jewelry and metal.

Her work can be found at galleries and boutiques worldwide including DREEMS, New York, NY, Balefire Goods, Araveda, CA, Gallery OKorea, Seoul, KR, Transmission Gallery, Oakland, CA, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR, P. Lindberg Gallery, Helsingborg, Sweden, Lili The First, Washington D.C.

Jill Herlands currently lives and works in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City




Solo Exhibitions

2018 ‘JILL HERLANDS’, Dreams on Air, New York, NY

2016 ‘JILL.HERLANDS’, Gallery OVO, South Orange, NJ



2020 ‘Bye for Now’, Varwest Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2019 ‘A Stitch to Wear’, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD

2019 ‘Craft Forms’, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2019 ‘Frame Selected Galleries’ at Handwerk and Design, Munich, Germany

2018 ‘Empire of Dirt’, Dab Art Gallery, Ventura, CA

2018 ‘Chasing Ghosts’, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2018 ‘Abstract Catalyst’, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2018 ‘Fierce and Frail’, Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2018 ‘10x10x10’, Tieton Arts Center, Tieton, WA

2018 ‘Makers Mark’, Verum Ultimum, Portland Oregon

2018 “Fun House 18: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic, and Bizarre”, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

2018 “Act 2: Art as a Career Sequel”, Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, NJ

2018 “No Matter Matters”, Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy

2018 “About Volumes’, Vitraria Gallery, Venice, ITL

2018 “By Hand”, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA

2018 “ADORN”, Arts on Douglas, New Smyrna Beach, FL

2017 “Good Things Come in Small Packages”, Studio Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA

2017 “On Fire”, Gallery OVO, South Orange, NJ

2017 “On the Rocks”, Lillstreet Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016 ‘Stepping into Liquid’, Gallery OVO, South Orange, NJ



2020 Kodd Magazine, Texture

2019 Fashionisto Magazine, Mulberry and Canal

2019 Schön! Magazine, 11.10.19, The New Ten-ants

2019 Refinery29, These Joyful Photos Celebrate Transmasculine People

2019 W42ST, Issue 60, The Gifted Issue, Imperfect Beauty

2019 4SEE Magazine, The Best Fall 2019 Street Style II – New York

2019 Footwear Plus Magazine, Vol.29, Issue 9, Weekend Getaway

2019 Flanelle Magazine, Goddess Rising by Pirina Dzhupanova

2019 Nylon Español, 10.16.19, Editorial: New York Streets

2019 Glamour Hungary, 9.24.19, Here’s How to Incorporate the Coolest Trends of the Fall into your Wardrobe

2019 7Hues Magazine, Mode #45, September 2019, Tough Skin

2019 Disrupshion Magazine, Fall 2019 Issue, Glam Happenings

2019 L’Officiel Baltics Magazine, 9.22.19, Vervain

2019 Elegant Magazine, Vol.61 No.22

2019 Civilian Magazine, The Plaid Truth

2019 Bad Hombre Magazine, Are Tattoos the New Way for Expressing Your Identity?

2019 SNAG JAMS (Society of North American Goldsmiths Jewelry and Metals Magazine)

2019 Man Repeller, Gentle Suggestion: Florals for Spring?

2019 Paper Magazine, Plastique Tiara Talks New Music Video, K-Pop, and ‘Drag Race’

2019 Caged Magazine, ’Maryse’

2019 IMIRAGE Magazine, Issue #420, ‘MIDAS’

2019 Spirit and Flesh Magazine, ‘Of Style, Color, and Rhymes’

2019 Cake Magazine, ‘Busy Earning’, Issue ‘Eventually, Everything Connects’

2019 Paper Magazine, ‘What Does it Mean to be Superhuman?’ February 8

2019 The Imagista Publication, Amy Rutberg, “Daredevil,” Netflix

2019 Ellements Magazine, Winter 2019, Issue 01, ‘Mercury’

2019 Solstice Magazine, The Beauty Issue, Issue 24, Vol. 1., ‘High and Mighty’

2018 IMIRAGE Magazine Cover, Edition #348

2018Norwegian.Jewelry,‘Rebellion, Music & Jewelry, A New York Story’

2018 One 37 PM Magazine, ‘Fearless Influencer Chris Lavish Makes 19 Fashion Predictions for 2019’

2018 Bleu Magazine, Issue 57, ‘Spiritual Initiation into Earth Gang’

2018 ‘Are you Afraid of Color?’ Photography by Constantino

2018 Lewis Magazine, “Nile Goodlad”

2018 Fashion Week Online, ‘Interview with New York Jewelry Artist, Jill Herlands’

2018 Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Barrett Art Center

2018 OKing Media, ‘House of Art’

2018 Just-Magazine, ‘Bottle Rocket’

2018 Mis Imprescindibles, ‘Paris Fashion Week’

2018 Benchpeg ‘Micro Scenery and Architectural Influences’

2018 Lewis Magazine, ‘Nile Goodlad’

2018 Adornment, ‘Curating Contemporary Jewelry’

2018 Adornment-Jewelry – ‘No Matter, Matters’

2018 Verum Ultimum Gallery, ‘Makers Mark’

2018 ‘Fierce and Frail: of Beings, Beasts and Seed’

2018 JAAMZIN, Issue 3/Volume 1/

2018 JaamZIN, April 2018, “Artist Jill Herlands”

2018, ‘Jill Herlands’

2018 L’Orafo Italiano ‘No Matter Matters’

2018 JAMS (Jewelry and Metals Magazine) This annual publication highlights the best new work being made in the international field of jewelry and metals.

2018 FEROCE, ‘May Vol. 6 2018’

2018 The Carrot Box – Art-Jewelry ‘Jill Herlands’

2018 Procrastinate Magazine, - “Under Water”

2018 Object of Reference – ‘Wearable Art by Jill Herlands’

2018 Procrastinate Magazine – “Moving Out”

2018, ‘Jill Herlands’

2017 Jersey Indie Blog, ‘MetalurJ at Gallery OVO’

2017 London Jewellers, ‘Inspirational Jewelers’

2017 Inspirational Trends, ‘Born to Rock’

2016 Polyvore, ‘Jill Herlands’

2016 National Jeweler Magazine, ‘Jill Herlands’

2016 The Gem Therapist, ‘Jill Herlands’

2016 Isabella Lee, ‘Rockin’ That Gem’

2016 Designer Profile, ‘MetalurJ, Jill Herlands’

2015 Jewelry Logic, Michelle Orman, ‘Jill Herlands’

2015 The Insider, Mimi Santa Cruz, ‘Bling and Baubles Regalia’



2019, February 6, ‘Pickler and Ben’



Winner - Baby Forest Awards, 2018 Applied Art/Contemporary Craft

Honorable Mention – ‘Fun House 18’ Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY


Professional Organizations

SNAG, Eugene, OR, USA

WJA, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Klimt02, Barcelona, Spain

Crafthaus, London, England

American Craft Council, Minneapolis, MN, USA



Where to Buy

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