Memory Boxes by Jesse Mathes

January 15 - February 28th, 2021

Starting January 15th through the end of February we will be showcasing the beautiful memory boxes that Jesse Mathes has handcrafted in precious metals to house the important mementos of her life.

"One day while searching through my jewelry box I realized it was primarily filled with objects that weren't jewelry. Most of the items were keepsakes from various points in my life. Items with no monetary value, but that were worth more to me than any of the "precious" jewelry in the box. I decided to make a box made of precious materials for each item to convey how important the objects are to me personally. The shape of each box is inspired by the item inside."

This show highlights a connection to our past and the little moments that bring us joy along the road of our lives. Join us as we relish in the moments and small items that define us.

This show will open on January 15th and will run through the end of February, both in the gallery and online. While these specific boxes are not for sale, we welcome commissions to have your own memory box crafted for your favorite keepsakes. Contact us to learn more.

Museum Admittance Tags

Collected from many of my favorite museums while traveling

1 1/18 H x 2 W x 7/8 D in

Sterling silver, mixed media

Gifts from Weaving Metal Students

Thank you gifts from students I taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

1 1/2 H x 2 3/8 W x 2 3/8 D in

Sterling silver, fine silver, mixed media

Finger Pants by Daniel Johnson (1977-2008)

A button he gave me, and a doodled eraser with his "Finger Pants" character

2 1/8 H x 1 3/4 W x 1 D in

Sterling silver, mixed media

Beach Glass

Collected while walking along Lake Michigan with my husband and mother

2 1/8 H x 2 1/4 W x 1 1/2 D in

Sterling silver, glass

Great Grandfather Bell's Fraternity Pin and Golf Charm

I never met my Great Grandfather, but these still feel very precious
to me

3/8 H x 1 1/16 W x 7/8 D in

Sterling silver, brass

Grandpa Bell's Cufflinks

These cufflinks belonged to my Grandfather, Richard Bell

7/8 H x 1 5/8 W x 1 3/16 D in

Sterling silver, steel

Stones from Tuscany

Collected while walking down a gravel road with my husband Nathan in Tuscany

5/8 H x 1 3/8 W x 3/4 D in

Sterling silver, rose quartz, moonstone, quartz

Picture of Elizabeth Shaffer (Lizzy) (1977 - 1985)

A picture of my best friend in second grade

1 7/8 H x 1 3/4 W x 1 D in

Sterling silver, mixed media

Julia's Newborn Hospital Ankle Tag

My daughter Julia was born January 31, 2011 at 3:13 am

1 H x 1 7/8 W x 1 5/8 D in

Sterling silver, mixed media

Colin's Newborn Hospital Ankle Tag

My son Colin was born October 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm

1 1/4 H x 1 7/8 W x 1 5/8 D in

Sterling silver, mixed media

Grandma Kilgores JFK Coins

My Grandmother lover JFK and collected the 50 cent coins with his image. When she passed away she distributed them evenly to her Grandchildren.

7/8 H x 1 7/8 W x 1 7/8 D in

Sterling silver, coins

Dads Ring

A custom ring my mother had made for my father when they were married.  

1 1/4 H x 1 1/2 W x 1 1/8 D in

Sterling silver, ring

Graduation Tassels (years only)

From High School, Undergraduate, and Graduate School.  

1/2 H x 2 1/16 W x 1 5/16 D in

Sterling silver, plastic

Credit Card Imprinter

From the time I owned a Contemporary Jewelry Gallery in Terre Haute, IN.  

1/2 H x 2 3/8 W x 1 11/16 D in

Sterling silver, steel

Notes from Mom

They were included with mail she forwarded to me when I was in college.  

1/2 H x 3 11/16 W x 2 1/4 D in

Sterling silver, paper

Travel Money

Gathered from foreign countries I visited.  

9/16 H x 2 5/8 W x 2 5/8 D in

Sterling silver, paper and coin money

Guatemalan Worry Dolls

Given to me by my sister Kristen. We used to love playing with them as kids.  

1 7/8 H x 2 3/8 W x 1 1/2 D in

Sterling silver, fabric, glue

Grandma's Bracelet

My Grandfather Mathes bought this for my Grandmother on their Honeymoon.

3/4 H x 3 3/4 W x 1 3/4 D in

Sterling silver, mixed media

Notes from Nathan

Various notes from my husband, and his phone number from the night we met.

3 3/4 H x 2 3/4 W x 1 3/8 D in

Sterling silver, paper