Julie Rauschenberger is drawn to creative processes that are intensely detailed and require many hours of labor. For 38 years, she has worked in the jewelry manufacturing trade and created her own designs, specializing in an ancient technique called granulation.
Rauschenberger usually starts each piece with a wax model that is later cast in metal. She then combines the cast metal with additional components that may be fabricated, beaded, or whatever is required to create the piece she has imagined. Things may change along the way and turn out completely different, but she simply enjoys the creative process along the way.
Julie Rauschenberger took jewelry classes in high school and college, then started working in the manufacturing and repair trade in 1976. In 1985, she became independent, carving wax models for jewelry stores and creating her own original designs. In 1995, she attended the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York to learn the ancient technique of granulation.
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