Judie Raiford - Jewelry Artist, Silversmith
JUDIE RAIFORD has built an illustrious career in gold and silversmithing since 1970. In 1995, she had Raiford Gallery–a 9,100-square-foot, two-story timber barn--constructed off Canton Strett. However, this past summer, she began the process of downsizing to a more “petite” location, less than eleven yards away.
Among her handiwork are sterling silver, 14-karat gold and mixed metals, often combined with a spectrum of precious gemstone beads such as ammonite, aquamarine, blue topaz, citrine, jasper, labradorite, moonstone, opal, rainbow hematite and white coin pearls.
“After 22 years in this giant building I’m so very ready to be on one level and not three,” said Judie. IIn addition to creating her own jewelry, Judie offers the work of at least fifty other jewelry-makers and small business owners with compatible high standards. The merchandise includes, but is not limited to, jewelry, sculpture, glass, fiber, wood and metal work, ceramics, paintings and photography. Some recent names include Atlanta-based impressionist painter, Jennifer de Miguel Friedman; Marietta-based painter, Ronnie Offen; and silk scarf designer, Valerie Rhoads.
Judie is a true professional, a kind-hearted and passionate artist--not to mention a local Roswell legend. Her pieces are traditional yet unique, stylishly ever-evolving yet in possession of that signature Raiford quality-- a certain “je ne sais quoi.” www.raifordgallery.com