Elizabeth approaches her artful jewelry-making from two criteria. First, she must be pleased with the design in all categories: color, flow, form, and craftsmanship. Just as importantly, it must meet her intent: creating a meaningful conversation with the viewer/wearer. Her work is always based on the conveyance of a common feeling or thought we can all relate to.
Each one of a kind piece, is designed and named, to capture that moment of ”I’ve been there”. A piece may feature a soft curve of Sterling Silver, and named ”Life Can Throw Curves…Easier To Take Them Gently”. We’ve all been there. A conversation has begun – a recognition of our sameness, our oneness is Elizabeth’s intent. She utilizes Polymer Clay as her main medium for its flexibility. She can push limits – another trademark of her work. Elizabeth designs, makes, and applies silk screens, carves, uses paints, patinas, pencils, watercolors, or goes transparent. By combining her art with primarily Sterling Silver adds yet another dimension to the conversation. Her newest work has expanded even further into using precious metals and precious gemstones.
Elizabeth is also an accomplished Hand Made Paper artist whose work in this media has included custom work and being published on the front cover of a book Paper House.
Exhibits and Accomplishments Include:
• 2015: Artfully Wilde Show, Columbia MD, November 13-14
• 2015: Juried into The American Fine Craft Show: Washington, Washington D.C. October 23-25 in affiliation with National Women’s Museum of Art.
• 2014: Juried into The American Craft Council Baltimore Show: Wholesale. : Pre-qualified through
2018 for the top 2% of artists.
• 2014: Necklace “The Motion of Water” used by The American Craft Council advertising for 2014 Baltimore Show.
• 2014: “Textured Blue Jazz” necklace featured on posting by Polymer Clay Arts
• 2010: Juror’s First Place Award for “It’s All In The Icing” in support the Cancer Center in Columbia, MD.
• 2009: Named One of the Years 10 Paper Artists to Know, by the Society of Handmade Papermakers.
• 2001: Front Cover Photo on the book “Paper House” by Mary Ann Hall, published by Rockport Press.
Education & Training Include:
• James Madison University 1972, BA English
• First National Polymer Clay Conference at Arrowmont Art Center, both organized & attended classes
• Second National Polymer Clay Conference, Bryn Mawr College, both organized & attended classes
• Mentoring program with both Victoria Hughes, and Gwen Gibson top Polymer Artists Internationally
• Various Polymer Clay classes offered nationally