Gretchen Schields


A former San Franciscan, Gretchen Schields moved her jewelry studio to Laguna Niguel in 2007 and was immediately juried into the prestigious Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters. For her most recent Festival exhibit, Gretchen showcased her jewelry in wall-hanging collector’s cases displayed as fine art, enhancing the viewer’s experience of the artist’s “hand” in her work.

Born in Japan, Gretchen spent a fairy tale childhood traveling the world and draws upon those experiences of exotic cultures to design her creations.  Gretchen graduated from the Art Center College of Design, and was an award-winning  fashion, editorial and advertising artist.  Her enchanting  pictures illustrated the popular children’s books created with novelist Amy Tan. Their collaboration resulted in the production of The Chinese Siamese Cat, which was adapted into the Emmy Award-winning animated children’s TV series Sagwa.

Having achieved these hallmarks of an illustration career, Gretchen decided to pursue her passion for decorative and ethnic art, and began creating  her dramatic jewelry in 2000.

Gretchen Schields is a regular exhibitor at Laguna’s summer Art A Fair where she was voted “Best Jeweler”.  She is represented by galleries in Park City Utah, and Oakland CA and maintains an extensive year-round collection of her jewelry designs and collector’s case-mounted work at Forest and Ocean Gallery in Laguna Beach.

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