Pam Robinson is a Chicago-based jeweler, artist, educator, arts administrator and hockey fan! She is currently the Education Director for The Furniture Society and is the founder of Garnet Studios - a community-based jewelry studio where she creates custom one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, teaches classes, and manages a group studio. Pam was an adjunct professor at Loyola University, and worked at Lillstreet Art Center where she taught classes, was the Director of the Metalsmithing, Jewelry & Glass department and was their Director of Education.
Growing up in Chicago, Pam was fortunate to be surrounded by so many resources rich in the arts. She started making jewelry when she was in high school but had always been painting, drawing and throwing an occasional pot or two since she was a small child. Inspired by creating jewelry and small metal sculpture, it was only fitting for her to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After receiving her BFA, she apprenticed for many jewelers over the years doing bench work. This is where she really learned the finer points of the business as well as the craft. It was when she attended The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) that her love of gemstones really became apparent. She began using them in most of her work.
She is a member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and served on their Board of Directors. In 2019 she received the SNAG Volunteer Recognition Award for her service. She is currently on the board of the Women’s Jeweler’s Association (WJA) — Chicago chapter as their Programming VP and was a founding member of The Chicago Metals Art Guild (CMAG).
She is proud of her community outreach work, has exhibited her work nationwide, published in books and maga- zines, and is happiest when she’s in her studio creating and sharing her passion with others.