Liz Steiner

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Meet the Artist

  • About This Artist

    I make mixed media, found object jewelry pieces because I'm interested in materials, in adornment, and the intimacy of small scale. Metal adds structure and support in the form of tab settings and rivets. I use natural mica as a material because of my strong interest in geology. Mica is also lightweight and flashy, making it ideal for earrings in particular.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: Each piece usually starts out by a specific stone, or set of stones, I do a lot of 3 dimensional "sketching", moving bits around until the piece feels right. Even with the mica, I'll cut a bunch of shapes and then determine how they go together. A lot of the pieces end up being one of a kind, and even the earrings have subtle differences. It's hard to repeat exact designs, but I prefer to work that way. The wearer ends up with a piece uniquely theirs.

    A: I've always been a rock hound, ever since I was a kid. I love stones, shells, insects, feathers, really anything nature related. I've also been making jewelry for as long as I can remember. I love contemporary art jewelry because there's no rules concerning materials. I'm free to incorporate anything that I find beautiful or interesting.

    A: People are always surprised by the mica. It's a mineral that naturally grows in flat sheets, and even though I cut it with scissors, it's tougher than it looks. I order it by the pound. Customers ask how to care for their mica pieces, and I say that if you treat it like you should be treating your jewelry anyhow, with care, they should be fine.

    A: Eastern NC, where I currently live, I think has been one of the biggest influences on my work. That and all the geology classes I took in college.

    A: Craft feels so much more accessible than "Fine Art". Most of us prefer to drink from cups and sit in chairs. People tend understand functionality. More people are going to see the necklace you choose to wear as opposed to the artwork above your couch. Craft is the gateway for broader conversations on culture, design, sustainability and art.

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