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When you ask someone about their experience at Penland School of Craft, very often you will hear them say, “it changed my life”.

A landscape view of some of the meadows and an out building of Penland School of Crafts.
A photo of Liz during a metalsmithing class at Penland School of Crafts.

It definitely changed mine.

Caroline (my daughter) went to the Art Institute of Chicago, specifically because they had a sculpture program that featured a foundry. She wanted to work in metal on a large scale. She’s very cool that way. I saw the diversity in what she was creating, but thought the large scale didn’t appeal to me on many levels, one main one being I didn’t have access to a foundry. From there, I found the Metal Program at Penland, which allowed me to explore metal on a more realistic scale. I have always been interested in the adornment of the body, articulated through an infinite variety of media (if you know me, you know that I love tattoos, even though I don’t have any…). 

Since that fateful first class, I have returned to Penland countless times to develop and hone my craft. I have studied under experts and makers whom I admire and the instruction I've received has pushed me as an artist in ways I never could have imagined. My work is better for it, and my artistic career has fulfilled me in a way I didn’t know possible when I took that first jewelry making class. 

Photo of the hammer wall in Liz's Charlottesville Virginia studio

Supporting artists and makers is a passion of mine.

In my home and my life, I try to support makers whenever I can. Most recently, I had custom barstools made by a phenomenal furniture designer whose work I LOVE (Christina Boy, check her out!). And while supporting artists in this way brings me great joy, buying art isn’t enough - I want to help change lives and facilitate artistic growth within the maker community.

To do this, I have partnered with Penland School of Craft to donate 10% of my profits annually to go into their scholarship fund to help other artists hone their craft and express their most creative selves.

When you ask someone about their experience at Penland School of Craft, very often you will hear them say, “it changed my life”.

A landscape view of some of the meadows and an out building of Penland School of Crafts.
A photo of Liz during a metalsmithing class at Penland School of Crafts.

It definitely changed mine.

Caroline (my daughter) went to the Art Institute of Chicago, specifically because they had a sculpture program that featured a foundry. She wanted to work in metal on a large scale. She’s very cool that way. I saw the diversity in what she was creating, but thought the large scale didn’t appeal to me on many levels, one main one being I didn’t have access to a foundry. From there, I found the Metal Program at Penland, which allowed me to explore metal on a more realistic scale. I have always been interested in the adornment of the body, articulated through an infinite variety of media (if you know me, you know that I love tattoos, even though I don’t have any…). 

Since that fateful first class, I have returned to Penland countless times to develop and hone my craft. I have studied under experts and makers whom I admire and the instruction I've received has pushed me as an artist in ways I never could have imagined. My work is better for it, and my artistic career has fulfilled me in a way I didn’t know possible when I took that first jewelry making class. 

Photo of the hammer wall in Liz's Charlottesville Virginia studio

Supporting artists and makers is a passion of mine.

In my home and my life, I try to support makers whenever I can. Most recently, I had custom barstools made by a phenomenal furniture designer whose work I LOVE (Christina Boy, check her out!). And while supporting artists in this way brings me great joy, buying art isn’t enough - I want to help change lives and facilitate artistic growth within the maker community.

To do this, I have partnered with Penland School of Craft to donate 10% of my profits annually to go into their scholarship fund to help other artists hone their craft and express their most creative selves.

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