Jeannette Rowlett – Wire Artist and Designer
Jeannette Gail Cornett Rowlett, wire artist and jewelry designer. She is a native of Laurel County, Kentucky. Jeannette attended and graduated from Hazel Green High School, which was named after her grandmother. After graduating from Sue Bennett Jr. College, in London, KY, she finished her BS degree at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, KY. She continued her education, while teaching in the Madison County School System. She completed her Masters in Education, finished certifications in principalship, supervision of instruction and superintendency to receive her Rank I, in Administration.
Jeannette worked as a sixth grade teacher, for 17 years, as a 1st and 2nd grade reading teacher for 5 years and then became Principal of an Elementary school. In 1998, after 5 years as Principal, she retired.
During this time, Jeannette was creating a line of wooden jewelry, for teachers. She gave a newly created necklace and earrings to a new teacher at Christmas and this was the beginning of a new phase of her life. “I couldn’t keep them made fast enough. I still, twenty years later, don’t have one for myself”. Jeannette comes from a family of musician, artists and one comedian cousin. “My dad was in local and state politics, in the late 50s and early 1960s.” “I wasn’t musical or funny. I couldn’t really paint and I knew that politics wasn’t in my blood, so I became an educator.”
Since retirement, Jeannette has worn many hats. She lives in Berea, KY, with her husband Harold. The business of jewelry making has been in her blood for several years and now she makes a line of jewelry from sterling silver, 14kgf wire and fine silver. Jeannette presently is the Dirctor of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, with the headquarters, in the Old Town Artisan Village, 116 N. Broadway, Berea KY. She demonstrates her jewelry making skills, sometimes teaches classes and continues to welcome visitors from all over the United States and other countries.
Living in Kentucky’s “Arts and Crafts Capital,” Jeannette has been very active, in the arts over the years. She has served on many committees at both the city level and state level. “One thing about being a Berea resident is that you have to love art or be an artist,” she says. Jeannette is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and has been very dedicated to the Organization that just celebrated another anniversary.
She is also a member of the Kentucky Crafted Market Program, which is held in Lexington, Kentucky The first part of March, each year at the Convention Center, for wholesale buyers and the general public.
Jeannette has been a goal setter all her life “I have always been active in whatever is going on around me. One of the things that I learned many years ago was that when you have a desire to do something or a “fire in the belly,” you have to keep working to reach the goal. I also learned, if you keep on doing the same thing over and over, you get the same results. I like new and innovative projects. I constantly strive to be better at whatever I choose to do. That’s just who I am and I thank my dad for instilling in me, to never give up on a dream or anything that I really wanted to do. I try to think outside the box, work on things that will give the WOW factor.
Jeannette say, “My present goal is to have my jewelry line to be recognized, loved and worn again and again, by those who purchase a piece.”
Jeannette welcomes anyone who wants to come by the gallery and say “hello.” You can find her just off Interstate 75. North Broadway is on the left, so watch for the big Old Town Village sign in the corner of the black rod iron fence. The Gallery and Visual Arts Academy is the first building on the right. Building is orange, with a blue tin roof.
“Come see all the great Kentucky guild artisans work, from all over the state.”