January-February 2019 | A TRUE TALENT




Ocean View jewelry artist Dawn Pierro turned a bead-working class into a prosperous second career

Written By: Alison Clary | Photographer: SCOTT KRALLER

For local jewelry artist Dawn Pierro, a passion for artistry came later in life. Through her many years working as a preschool teacher, Dawn did not consider herself especially artistic, much less that she would one day become a professional artist.

Everything changed 18 years ago, when Dawn took a bead-working class at the Rehoboth Art League. She immediately felt a connection with this hands-on artistry and discovered she possessed a natural talent for it. Dawn soon found herself expanding beyond simple beadwork by tinkering with metal etching. This combination immediately sparked a passion, and later a career, in transforming metal into unique jewelry. 

Now an accomplished professional flourishing local art scene, Dawn uses a variety of media in her handcrafted collections, including metal work, enameling, stone-setting and riveting. 

Dawn’s jewelry designs are eclectic, so there is a piece for every personality type. Her collections often include stones paired with intricate metal engravings. She is extremely careful about the sources and stones she uses for her work, which adds to their uniqueness. 

Pierro’s favorite aspect of the profession is when customers ask her to create a custom piece of jewelry. “Oftentimes, they are searching for a truly unique piece that symbolizes a special meaning for them or their family,” said Dawn.

One of Dawn’s favorite custom pieces, which was requested as a surprise gift for a bride, came in the form of a compass-shaped bracelet. Compasses hold a symbolic meaning for the bride’s family, so to add even more personalization to the piece, Dawn etched a quote from the bride’s parents on the backside of the compass. “I loved being able to provide the bride with such a personal and meaningful gift on her big day,” said Dawn.

Dawn is grateful to the community for helping her to recognize her passion. Her artistry has come full circle in that she has since shared her passion through teaching art classes. “I feel continually blessed by how many wonderful people I have met through my art,” said Dawn.

Dawn’s jewelry can be viewed and purchased by appointment at her home studio on Beaver Damn Road in Ocean View. Her designs are also for sale at local art shows throughout the year, as well as on Facebook and Etsy. 



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