I create one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in metal, enamels, beads and gemstones. My work is a joyful reflection of the forms and colors found in the world around us.
Inna Dzhanibekova is a self-taught jeweler and enamelist. Growing up in an artistic family, she had great support for her creativity and an ample supply of modeling clay, paper and paints. Spending years exploring the woods and her parents’ garden, she developed a keen appreciation for the incredible diversity of nature. By the age of 12 she had decided to become a biologist with a strong desire to Make Beautiful Things. Inna was born in Russia, grew up near Moscow and received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 2002 (Moscow State University, School of Biology, Russia). Since coming to the US she has lived in several states, worked at the University of Chicago, at a biotech company in Connecticut and for a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. During her career as a research scientist, she always pursued her passion for learning. She took classes in ceramics at Raritan Valley Community College; metal work, electroforming and enameling at the Newark Museum, Jewelry Design at DuCret School of Art, and workshops in Precious Metal Clay. She is also interested in printmaking and photography. In 2012, Inna opened the Small Joys Studio in Flemington, NJ where she creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in metal, enamels, beads and gemstones. Her work is a joyful reflection of the forms and colors found in the world around us. The artist’s favorite techniques are wax carving, lost wax silver casting, and a combination of hot and cold connections for the Radiolariaâ , the microscopic life inspired series. The body of work from the Garden series, inspired by bright birds and
flowers, is predominantly made with enameling on metal shapes, hand cut, altered and formed. Many pieces throughout the series share the features designed with cold connected natural faceted beads. Inna is actively involved in local art community, organizing shows and helping to promote local artisans. She participates in a number of juried shows in NJ and nationally. Inna is a juried member of Bucks County Craftsmen Guild; Delaware Valley Bead Society, the Enamelist Society and Enamel Guild / North East.