Joan Rhine

Handmade paper, mixed media, printmaking, and jewelry

Joan Rhine's creations include abstract wall pieces and sculpture in mixed media, and jewelry. Her most recent work is evolving in two separate yet related directions: sculptural mixed media artworks that combine copper wire and handmade paper, and her Joan Rhine Designs Jewelry Collection using precious metals, semi-precious stones and beads. Joan states that there is a symbiotic exchange of ideas and materials between her bodies of work. Color and texture in her jewelry first appeared in her artworks; jewelry materials have entered her wall pieces and sculpture in her uses of wire, gold leaf and beads. As she puts it, “I enjoy exploring the versatility of metal and paper, and how they can be perceived as both hard and soft, and contrasting simple shapes with rich texture, controlled forms with random elements, shiny surfaces with matte, and geometric elements with organic forms.” Joan’s expressive jewelry pieces are unique, each one completely handmade one-of-a-kind or in small editions. Her contemporary jewelry designs are light, comfortable to wear, and flatter the wearer. Recent sculptures combine copper and her custom handmade paper with mixed materials. Much of her work is inspired by her surroundings, as she walks on the beach or in theforest absorbing natural forms, textures and colors: “Landscapes, skies, even man-made structures along the coast and through the countryside stimulate my imagination.”


Joan grew up in New York City and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cooper Union and her Master of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from Pratt Institute. In addition, she studied hand papermaking at Dieu Donne Paper Mill in New York and jewelry with Charlene Modena at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. “I continue to learn at every opportunity,” she says. Joan’s professional career includes working as a graphic designer, art instructor, fine artist and jeweler. Joan and her husband Jim Meilander established Submarine Paperworks in San Francisco’s Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in 1984. In 2000 they moved to Gualala, where Joan now offers workshops in hand papermaking. Her works have been widely exhibited in northern California, from Morris Graves Museum in Eureka to Ukiah’s Art Center and Gualala Arts Center. Her work can be seen at The Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay, Red Stella in Gualala and Mendocino Gems in Mendocino. Winner of numerous awards, Joan took First Place in jewelry and ornamentation at Art in the Redwoods, Gualala Arts Center in 2012, 2015 and 2019. She is a founding member of the Northern California based group of handmade paper artists “The Deckle Edge,” and an active member of the international papermakers’ organization “Friends of Dard Hunter.”


Directions to Studio 17

From Highway 1 at mile marker 2.81, turn east on Glennen for .18 mile, turn right on Bourns Gulch Road, go .5 mile uphill, turn left at driveway marked "Entrance."

Studio Tour Hours:

 August 28 & 29 September 4-6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also Open year-round by appointment.



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