At the age of 13, Joanna Gollberg began making jewelry with fishing lures, beads, and (very heavy!) old coins. Later, her grandmother, a lifelong enamellist, gave her 19-year-old granddaughter an extensive collection of enamels and two large kilns. While in college, Joanna took a two-week course in enameling and basic jewelry at the Penland School of Crafts. This class changed the course of her life, leading her to become a professional jewelry designer and maker.