Serena Bartok Bio
If you invite Serena over to your house and leave her unattended for a moment, upon your return you will find her engaged in one of the following activities : cuddling and conversing with your pet, scanning your beloved bookshelf or rummaging happily through your jewellery box.
Jewellery has always held a certain fascination for Serena. Each piece tells her a story. It may be a story that reveals a history, hope, achievement, a sentiment or personality. It is these stories held within the heart of each piece that draws Serena toward creating unique jewellery. Her first explorations into the art and science of jewellery design began in high school, when she and her grandmother scoured second hand shops, early morning garage sales and flea markets hunting for beads and baubles that inspired her. After a much needed afternoon nap, each found treasure was taken apart, the components added to stores of previously acquired pieces, and new chockers and bracelets were created. From old, forgotten stories, a new story was born as each piece found new life in her creative hands.
Serena is self taught in the art of beading, wire work and jewellery design. Metal work and fine jewellery making, however required quality instruction. The need to expand her skills brought her to her first metals class in 2007. She loved the possibilities this added to design choices, along with being able to create completely new pieces from scratch rather than assembling things together. A few night classes lead to enrolling full-time in VCC Jewellery Art and Design program in 2014, where she finished first year with the Overall Achievement Award from Cavalier Jewelers and graduated with the Circle Craft Co-operative Scholarship.