Elizabeth Huffman - Jewelry
The handcrafted jewelry of Elizabeth M. Huffman reflects her fascination with the culture and landscapes of the southwest. Her work is a culmination of over 40 years of arts and crafts experience. She began her art career in drawing and painting, then ventured into woodworking, leather, and finally silversmithing which she found to be her most satisfying medium of expression. She likes to refer to her work as “painting on metal” using silver, gold, copper, brass, precious and semi-precious stones from all over the world in combinations that complement each other. Many pieces reflect the colors and changing moods of southwest landscapes and skies.
I showed an interest in art which started in grade school. My parents encouraged and supported my interest by enrolling me in drawing and painting courses taught by the Art Center School in Albuquerque. I enjoyed painting but felt the need to be more creative with my hands, so I tried my hand at woodworking and leather crafting.
Out exploring the mesas one summer, I found a bundle of discarded aluminum wire and began to form it into various objects. I really enjoyed the feel of working the metal with my hands, so when an 8-week course on basic silver soldering was offered by the Arts and Crafts Mart, I signed up. I enjoyed it so much, that I repeated the course to gain more experience and skill. For the next 5 years, I practiced and honed my skills by reading several jewelry making books and participating in arts and crafts shows to sell my wears.
In 1980, while attending New Mexico State University to obtain a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, I took three semesters of jewelry making to further enhance my skills. I was fortunate to have 3 different instructors during that time because each was able to share their different specialties with the class. My first instructor came from the “old school” of doing things which challenged me to construct functional pieces such as boxes, flatware, and hollowware. My second instructor was a professional jeweler from one of the fine jewelry stores in town. She taught us a variety of techniques relating to fine jewelry which included enameling. My third instructor was fresh out of college and brought with her contemporary and modernistic styles of metalworking.
My work represents a culmination of all these experiences and continues to evolve as I look for new ways of expression. Each piece is individually designed and handcrafted with great care in making each piece beautiful as well as functional and durable. The artist stands behind her work to the customer’s complete satisfaction.
You can take pride in jewelry made by Elizabeth M. Huffman…