Jo Haemer has over 47 years in the jewelry trade, including liturgical silversmithing, mass manufacturing, repairing, and fine high-end custom work. She was the first woman to be accepted into the Oregon Jeweler’s Union as a bench worker and the first and only woman for many years in her various jobs. Among her more oddball projects is the assembly of a three-story copper statue called Portlandia. Most recently she has been making high-end custom eyewear.
Jo is a frequent contributor to the Ganoksin Orchid forum, where she is known for her humorous posts and accepting nature of all levels of craftspeople. She has been featured in several issues of MJSA Journal and been a presenter at the MJSA Portland Jeweler’s Symposium. Her work has been shown in galleries across the U.S. and at the Museum of Fine Art at the University of Oregon. She works and teaches in Portland, Oregon with her husband Timothy W. Green. Her work is in many private collections and can be seen at timothywgreen.com. Her motto is “Have fun and make lots of jewelry.”