Janis Kerman’s jewelry is based on geometric form. As she notes, “My work has always been based on geometric form and abstraction. I am inspired by things around me both artistic and common place – furniture, architecture, paintings, ceramics, textiles… just about anything! Both two and three-dimensional planes appeal to me. They catch my attention as I see in them, lines and forms from spaces and shadows…the inherent strength, applicability and timelessness [of these forms] command my respect”. She works in many materials: 18K gold, sterling silver, diamonds, and gemstones, with a special affinity for pearls. Her use of formal design in jewelry is, as she states, “about the balance, not the symmetry” and her asymmetrical earrings are a signature design.
Janis Kerman is self-taught, having completed fundamental studies in jewelry design by 1975, when she began to experiment with various metals and techniques. For the first ten years, she focused on production designs, and then in 1986, began focusing solely on one-of-a-kind pieces. Janis lives and works in Canada. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States and Canada.