After a life changing event, Joanne Deckwa began searching for an emotional outlet and a means to express herself. She had always loved to wear "special" jewelry and making her own became the answer. This new adventure began by creating her first pieces from "vintage" jewelry. She took old pieces, some family heirlooms, and made them into new creations. When she gave them to family and friends, those pieces became affectionately dubbed as "Early Joanne". When she tried to get them back to restring into more professionally done pieces, it became evident that they were cherished just the way they were. She then realized that she had found the answer and the outlet for her creativity.
Joanne states, "Over the years I have attended many jewelry classes and have worked with my friends to learn ways to keep my jewelry designs fresh and exciting. Finding unique focal beads, unusual colors and rare stones keep my designs 'one of a kind'. I also take pieces that have sentimental value to clients and redesign them. Jewelry designing has become a wonderful passion."