Jovanna was born in Gallup, NM and comes from a family of exceptional Zuni jewelers and carvers. Her grandfather was Leo Poblano. Veronica Poblano, a contemporary jewelry master, is her mother. Jovanna’s brother Dylan is known for fabricating complex structural pieces of jewelry that are eagerly collected.
Jovanna and her husband Daniel Chattin make their home in Zuni Pueblo with their two sons, Frankie and Leo. Daniel often collaborates with Jovanna when she creates her wonderful one-of-a-kind necklaces. If the piece features a carved maiden or possibly birds, the carving is Daniel’s contribution.
She taught herself the finely constructed beadwork features in her pieces. Jovanna has a tremendous sense of fashion and understanding of color. Her work can show traditional influences or be very contemporary. She has expressed feeling a special connection to her late grandfather. Although Jovanna never knew him, she strives to carry on the excellent craftsmanship he was known for.
The jewelry Jovanna creates showcases material from around the world. Czech glass beads may be placed next to turquoise from Nevada. Many pieces feature beautiful shell, which has appeared in native jewelry discovered at many historic sites in the United States. Cultural elements interplay with the modern. Jovanna’s pieces truly fit the description “wearable art”!
Jovanna participates in prestigious shows — SWAIA Indian Market, the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market & Smithsonian’s NMAI Art Market. Five of her pieces were part of the traveling exhibit, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 1, which started at the Museum of Art & Design in NYC.