Joan finds inspiration for her pieces in "Anything found in nature including rocks, leaves, wood textures, shells, flowers and insect wings". She has taught classes at the Mechanicsburg Art Center and through the South Middleton Recreation Department. Most of her work is in copper, brass, sterling silver and precious metal clay (PMC) and often incorporates natural gemstones. She also does wire wrapping of glass and slag, which is a by-product the Katherine Furnace, an iron- producing furnace built on the site of the Boiling Springs pool. Joan's PMC designs are embellished with cubic zirconia, dichroic glass and freshwater pearls and her "green jewelry collection" which are PMC pieces made with recycled glass.
The Cumberland County Historical Society is an active history center with an award winning museum, library, photo archives, educational center, museum shop and historic Two Mile House. The Historical Society's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and promote research of Cumberland County history. Anyone interested in local history is invited to become a member. Call 249-7610 or visit our web site www.historicalsociety.com for more information and to see the museum virtual tour. Cumberland County Historical Society is located at 21 North Pitt Street, in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Hours are Monday 4 -8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission to the museum is free. History on High - The Shop's hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.