Jennifer Paxton

As long as Jennifer can remember, her strongest desire was to design and create hand-crafted items. During her early years, she fulfilled that need by exploring every craft project available: sewing Barbie doll clothes, selling painted rocks, embroidering, silk-screening, and by using her graphic arts skills. It wasn't until Jennifer's years as a high school art teacher that she discovered her passion for hand sculpting jewelry from clay. So, in 1985, she left teaching to pursue her dream of starting her business Jennifer Paxton Ceramic Jewelry.

Her pieces are made from low-fired earthenware clay using many different textures that are natural and man-made. The themes seen throughout her jewelry line are not only inspired by current fashions but also by images that evoke fun and playfulness. They are then painted with a wide spectrum of colorful glazes and fired in a kiln for a second time to achieve their glassy finish.

For the last 30 years, Jennifer has been selling her jewelry through a combination of attending art fairs, participating in cooperative galleries, and at various retail shops. She intends that her customers receive as much enjoyment from wearing her jewelry as she does from making it!

For more information visit

Mon 10–6
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Wed 10–6
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Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.