Youngjoo Yoo, Jeweler

Youngjoo Yoo is a Jeweler working in her studio in Niles, Michigan.  She creates earrings, necklaces and rings inspired by the geometric platonic solid form.  She fabricates each piece using silver, 24k and 18k gold.

Youngjoo Yoo

I am greatly interested in the geometric platonic solid. But the work with geometric forms also may give a cold feeling to spectator for the inanimate images included in it.

To mitigate this feeling, I often integrate the inanimate images with animated ones such as flowers, trees, and other live objects in nature, in order to endow the work with the warm feeling.


2012     University of Iowa, Iowa City,Iowa; MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts
2009    University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa; MA in Jewelry and Metal Arts
2006    Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea; BFA,Metal art and Design


Award of Excellence: Woodland Art Fair, Lexington, KY
Award of Merit: North Shore Festival of Art​​, Skokie, IL
Award of Merit: New Buffalo artigras​​,​ New Buffalo, MI
Award of Merit: 32nd Annual Art Birmingham, Birmingham, MI

Award of Merit: Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN
Second Place: MJSA Future of the Industry

Niche award winner: fine jewelry
Niche award finalist category: metal, non-wearable
Wilhelm and Jane Bodine Fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

First place in S&AM Smithing and art competition, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
First place in Lois Jecklin competition, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Second place in Small work show competition, Chait Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Honorable Mention Lois Jecklin Competition, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

The Virgil M. Beall fellowship, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Material Scholarship from Louise Osten Fund, Iowa City, IA