June Kershaw

June Kershaw is a native Cape Codder from a long line of Cape Cod farmers, fishermen and artisans. Some of her ancestors were glass artists for Sandwich Glass, her mother was one of the first curators of the Sandwich Glass Museum, and her father was a printer, journalist, and editor who worked for the Cape Cod Standard Times, the Falmouth Enterprise, and the Barnstable Patriot.

June first started making jewelry forty-five years ago when she was working for VISTA organizing a craft cooperative on the Cape for the Community Action Committee. She met a jeweler and was intrigued by the miniature tools. He showed her how to make a few beginner's pieces and helped her buy her first tools. She was fascinated by the craft and has been studying metal techniques and making jewelry ever since.

June studied at Boston University's Program in Artisanry and the Penland School in North Carolina. She is a long time member of the Artisans Guild of Cape Cod and the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen. For many years she showed her work at craft fairs up and down the Cape, though now she focuses on managing the Collections Gallery on Jarves Street and keeping her display cases filled with a variety of her beautiful work.

She loves to use a variety semi-precious stones in her sterling silver and 14K gold fill jewelry. Her work has a distiinctive classic style with antique influences. Currently she is exploring the chain maille technique which involves using hundreds of tiny metal rings to form complicated patterns in different metals. Her new pieces incorporate semi-precious stones, silver, 14k gold fill and bronze for a stunning multi-colored look.

June has been a member of Collections Gallery since it opened as Collections Unlimited on Route 6a in East Sandwich twenty-five years ago. Collections has been in the village for six years now and is the only craft gallery of local artisans in the Glasstown Cultural District.

 

Photo of June Kershaw, one of the jeweler members of Collections Gallery, an artisans Coop, located on Cape Cod, Mass.
Silver chainmail bracelet by June Kershaw an artist member of Collections Gallery on Cape Cod , Mass Silver necklace by June Kershaw an artist member of Collections Gallery on Cape Cod , Mass