Student Honed Jewelry Making Skills at CNM and Now 'Bringing Beauty into the World'

April 13, 2017 -- His jewelry is selling, and he is no longer a starving artist. John “Jack” Boglioli credits much of his success to the classes he took at CNM.
Student Honed Jewelry Making Skills at CNM and Now 'Bringing Beauty into the World'

Apr 04, 2017

The 24-year-old artist is currently completing his Associate of Fine Arts Degree and his Bench Jewelry Certificate. He has also been awarded a $2,500 scholarship to attend the Santa Fe Symposium, the premier conference for jewelry makers to be held in Albuquerque May 21-24.

Boglioli has always been an artist, constantly carrying around a sketch pad and pencil when he was a kid.

“I experimented with multiple genres and found my element in jewelry,” he said. “I like working with precious metals.”

The artist, who began making jewelry when he was 15, grew up in upstate New York. He came to New Mexico on a vacation and fell in love with the mountains and the thriving art community. He decided to move to Albuquerque in 2012.

Having no formal training in jewelry making, Boglioli enrolled at CNM and became one of the first students in the college’s new Bench Jewelry Certificate program. He also started studying for his Fine Arts associate degree.

“The Bench Jewelry program helped me by leaps and bounds,” he said. “I refined my work as a result of it and developed a new style.”

The Fine Arts courses were extremely valuable, especially the drawing classes, he said. Whenever he makes a new piece, he likes to sketch the design in advance and use it like a blueprint. He said the drawing classes helped him draw more concise designs.

He plans to continue at CNM to study business so he can better handle the commercial end of his jewelry making enterprise.

“Creating jewelry is my way of bringing beauty into the world, and therefore into the lives of others,” Boglioli said. “Shapes and forms come to me as ideas, and I have an intense desire to bring those ideas into reality. Today, I use any and all parts of the jewelry craft to get the aesthetic results I'm after. The defining element that unites all of my pieces is the hand wrapping and weaving of fine precious metal wire to create a uniquely original look.”


His favorite type of jewelry to create is pendants.

He sells his work at two galleries in Old Town, Amapola Gallery and Warren Fin Arts. He also has a website.

Boglioli is excited about going to the Santa Fe Symposium, which will be attended by presenters and attendees from all over the world.

“It will be a total weekend of immersion, learning and networking,” he said. “I’ll hear about all the cutting-edge work being done in the jewelry world.”

For more information about CNM's Fine Arts associate degree program and the Bench Jewelry certificate program, click here