After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Craft) from Monash University, Melbourne, in 1992, I went on to do a two-year traineeship at The Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre, Adelaide. In 1997 I was a co-founding member of Zu Design-jewellery+objects (Adelaide) Exhibiting nationally and internationally from 1992 onwards, it was in 1997 that I had my first solo show, “TableWear”, at the Jam Factory Craft and Design Centre Gallery Two.
My designing/making career has been developed in parallel to my teaching and curatorial work. From 1998 to 2000 I taught at University of South Australia and in the period from 1997 – 2001 I curated and co-curated a number of craft/design exhibitions across a number of venues.
Returning to Melbourne in 2001, I operated my independent practice out of Melbourne’s iconic Nicholas Building before taking some time out of my career to raise my two children.
I currently teach jewellery short courses at NMIT in addition to teaching and making jewellery from my own workshop in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. I am the sole operator of Jane Ruljancich Jewellery and am an Accredited Member of Craft, the peak body for professional craftspeople in Victoria.
With over twenty years experience in designing and making in metal, I have produced a vast array of jewellery and objects. I strive to achieve thoughtful work. I make jewellery that responds honestly to the qualities of the metals, and I aim for a simplicity and timelessness of design. I specialise in working with clients to develop a design that is personalised by their involvement in the design process.