The Wearable Art Movement Part II,  page 2
 Biographies continued..........
Bob McCabe

Sacramento, California

pendant & earrings set
silver & brass

Bob McCabe graduated from the School of Architecture, University of Oregon.  He was employed by the California State Division of Architecture, Sacramento, California.  He designed furniture, sculpture, jewelry, wood carving, and experimental structures.
Marjorie McIlroy

Rochester, New York

 bronze, brass, copper, & ebony


Marjorie McIlroy first became interested in jewelry while associated with the Pond Farm Workshops in Guerneville, California.  She later studied at the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, New York.  She maintained a workshop in her home and used mostly bronze and silver.
Lawrence McKinin

Columbia, Missouri

Sterling silver pendant

Lawrence McKinin attended Wayne University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the Institute of Art.  He was chairman of the Art Department at the University of Missouri.  He worked almost entirely in sterling silver because he liked "it's degree of resistance, it's malleability, it's color, and it's light reflection."
Phil Morton

St. Paul, Minnesota

Cast silver pin with stone

Silver wire pin

Philip Morton was an Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Minnesota.  He received his degree in Sociology from the University of Utah and worked as a civil engineer, accountant, and loftsman, before turning to jewelry & sculpture. (see additional biographical information in Part I)
Earl B. Pardon

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Silver, wood, & enamel pin

Earl B. Pardon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Memphis Academy of Arts, taught art at Skidmore College and painting at Union College, Schenectady, New York.  He was a designer for the Towle Silversmiths, Newburyport, Massachusetts.  He used (for the most part) silver, gold, copper, brass, rare woods, stone, and enamel.
Miriam Peck

East Cleveland, Ohio

Silver & enamel pin

Miriam Peck attended Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art.  She made enamel jewelry on fine silver, making about 1,000 pieces per year using simple pre-cut circles, squares, rectangles, etc.
Carolyn Pence

Seattle, Washington

Gold necklace & earrings

Carolyn Pence attended Chouinard Institute, Los Angeles, and the University of Washington.  She taught at Edison Technical School, Seattle, Washington.  She looked to the earth for inspiration and let her materials suggest the design. She worked primarily in silver and gold.
E. Peter Peterson

New York, New York

Sterling silver & gold earrings

E. Peter Peterson graduated from Cooper Union as a fine arts major. She was a children's painting instructor at the Brooklyn Museum and studied weaving, pottery, silk screen. sculpture, jewelry making, and silversmithing at the Craft Student League.  She thought of herself mostly as a painter and was the "Peter" of Peter Nass Silver and Jewelry Shop in New York, New York.
Nelle & Daniel Peterson

Louisville, Kentucky

Sterling silver wire pin with hand-polished stone

Nelle and Daniel Peterson studied at the Art Center, Louisville, Kentucky; the University of Louisville; Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and the Indiana University.  Daniel was the Registrar at the Art Association School, and Nelle taught jewelry and silversmithing at the Art Center and the University of Louisville as well as Public School Art for Education majors.  Both exhibited widely and won many award throughout Kentucky.  They used ebony from old piano keys, ivory from billiard balls, bones, and even used 3,000 year- old blue faience lotus blossoms and beads from an Egyptian tomb.
Angela Petesch

Los Angeles, California

Sterling silver ring

Angela Petsch first became interested in jewelry making after seeing the work of Margaret De Patta. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked in silver and gold together with semi-precious stones.  
Carl O, Podzsus

New York, New York

Silver Pendant

Carl O. Podzsus came from a family of artists and artisans.  He studied at the Kunst Akademie, Leipzig, Germany, the Art Students League,  the Rhode Island School of Design, the Museum of Modern Art, R.C.A. Institute, and New York University.  In 1948 he received a fellowship to study with Baron Eric Fleming, Court Silversmith to the King of Sweden.
Dorothy Price



Dorothy Price attended Lake Forest College and the University of Illinois.  she worked with her husband in both sterling silver and gold.
F. Jules Reed

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sterling silver pendant

F. Jules Reed was head of the Jewelry and Silversmithing Department at the Vocational High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He attended Colorado A & M College and the University of Kansas.  He did commissions in silver and gold jewelry, ecclesiastic pieces, hollowware, and used exotic woods, enamels, and centrifugal castings.  He maintained a workshop in his home.
Maria Regnier

Brentwood, Missouri

Gold necklace with ancient jade heads

Maria Regnier was born in Hungary.  She came to the U.S. in 1921 and received a B.S. degree from Washington, University, St. Louis, Missouri.  She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and William Dixon School, New York. She worked mostly in gold.
B. M. Reid

San Diego, California

silver, ebony & enamel pendant

B. M. Reid  attended Arizona State College and the State University of Iowa.  She used enamel and copper in combination with silver and sometimes wood and silver combinations.
Mary G. Renk

San Francisco, California

Silver earring

Merry G. Renk studied fine arts at the School of Industrial Arts, Trenton, New Jersey and design at the Institute of Design in Chicago.  She began making enamels and jewelry in 1947 in Chicago without training in techniques.  She spent a year and a half in Europe and Africa painting. She maintained a studio in San Francisco where she conducted classes in jewelry design.  She designed unique pieces for mass production.  She worked mostly in silver and enamel and was particularly devoted to the plique-a-jour technique where empty spaces in the silver are filled with transparent enamel. 
Florence Resnikoff

Palo Alto, California

Silver pin with moss agate stone

Gold pendant with garnet
Florence Resnikoff received art training at the Chicago Art Institute, studying drawing, painting, and design. She worked in three dimensional forms in ceramic sculpture at Hull House, became interested in the sculptural quality of metal jewelry, and became a self-taught craftsman in silver and gold.  She used ancient techniques of plique-a-jour and champleve enameling to bring the richness of color to silver jewelry.  She used these accents of color and luminosity in very limited areas, treating the enamel as a precious jewel.  She also worked in "lost-wax" casting as a means of exploring the properties of metal as well as working directly in silver and gold.
Ruth Roach

Plainfield, Iowa


Silver bracelet

Silver bracelet with hollow figures


Ruth Roach was born in Chisholm, Minnesota and as of 1955 had been doing jewelry for "exactly" one year.  She studied with Robert von Neumann and attended the Chicago art Institute and Iowa State Teachers College where she studied painting, drawing, ceramics, and crafts. She maintained a workshop in her home in Plainfield, Iowa.
Caroline Rosene

San Francisco, California

Silver earring
Caroline Rosene attended Washington University, St. Louis; Radcliff College, and L'Institute d'Art at d'Archeologie, Paris. She studied with Isami Doi,  Honolulu; Adda Husted-Anderson, New York, and Marian Hartwell, San Francisco. She was an instructor at the College of San Mateo and worked in silver, gold, stones, and wood. (See Part I for additional biographical information)
Hermon Roth

Larchmont, New York

Shuttle pin
Herman Roth studied at the Crafts Students League and the Museum of Modern Art.  He was an Instructor in Art Metal at the 92nd Street "Y" in New York.  He worked in all metals, especially sterling silver.  He used ivory, ebony, and enamels to accentuate his designs.
Thomas E. Ryder

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Sterling silver pill boxes
Thomas E. Ryder attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and was awarded scholarships at Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Oyster Bay, Long Island.  He studied silversmithing under the direction of Baron Eric Fleming, Court Silversmith to His Majesty the King of Sweden. In 1955, he received a grant from the Fund for the Advancement of Education which enabled him to study and travel in the Scandinavian countries for two years.  He preferred working in silver and stones, however he sometimes used gold.  He tried for the unique, but avoided the eccentric.
George K. Salo

New Hampshire

Silver & rose quartz pin
George K. Salo attended the Whitney Art School, New Haven, Connecticut and the Chicago Art Institute.  He worked in pewter and silver.
Muriel Savin

Richmond, California

Silver and ebony pin
Muriel Savin started her art career at the California College of Arts and Crafts at the age of 15.  She continued studying fine arts at Mills College and Rudolph Schaffer's School of Color and Design.  She studied crafts with Victor Reis and Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm near Guerneville, California.
Alice H. Schell

Akron, Ohio

Silver cufflinks
enamel on silver
Alice H. Schell was a graduate of Connecticut College for Women and studied art at the University of Pennsylvania, the Chicago Art Institute, and Saugatuck, Michigan.  She liked to work with fine silver, stones, and enamels.
Christian F. Schmidt

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Silver & ebony bracelet & cuff links
Christian F. Schmidt designed with a commercial jewelry firm.  He attended the University of Minnesota. He combines silver and ebony in his home workshop.
Pearl Schecter

New York, New York

Silver necklace

Pearl Schecter was a graduate of Columbia University and attended the School of Design, Chicago where she studied with Moholy-Nagy.  She studied abstract painting at Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts, New York, enameling and metal at the Adda Andersen Studio and maintained her own workshop in New York. She created abstract jewelry for utility and beauty of form.  She was concerned mainly with the art quality of the jewelry which has plastic feeling--fluid movement and grace.
Paul John Smith

New York

(this piece was not described, but it appears to be a ceramic or enamel brooch)
Paul John Smith studied at the Art Institute of Buffalo, New York.  He did window and interior displays in a department store in Buffalo.  he taught craft classes at the Y.W.C.A. Craft Shop and ceramics at the Buffalo Ceramic Center.  He devoted all his spare time to craftwork, making jewelry, working with wood and ceramics. He felt that the knowledge of doing other crafts helped him to design better jewelry.
Orville H. Soffa

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Silver sheet & wire cufflinks
Orville H. Soffa graduated from the Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a jewelry instructor.  He maintained his own studio in Oshkosh and Hubertus, Wisconsin.
Francis Stephen

Pharr, Texas

Sterling silver pin
Francis Stephen received his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Oklahoma, attended Colorado Springs Art Center, and the American Academy of Art, Chicago. He used silver, gold, ebony, stones, and enamel.
Anneliese Steppat

New York,
New York

Sterling silver pin
Anneliese Steppat was Director of Art at the National Hospital for Speech Disorders, New York.  She was born in Vienna, Austria.  She attended the University of Mississippi and Indiana University.  She worked mainly in sterling silver, some copper, semi-precious stones, exotic woods, bones, and pebbles.
Jean Sterne

Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Oxidized silver cufflinks
Jean Sterne graduated from Skidmore College as a psychology major.  She started making jewelry as a hobby.  She worked mainly in silver and precious stones.  She maintained a workshop in her home.
Bernice A. Stevens

Evansville, Indiana


Sterling silver pendant with Colorado blue agate
Bernice A. Stevens taught crafts at Francis Joseph Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana and jewelry at Evansville College. She received her B.S. degree in education and English from Evansville College and an M.S. degree in crafts from the University of Tennessee. She studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and in Saugatuck, Michigan.  She worked mostly in fine silver, stones, and enamels.
Paul H. Suttman

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Brass 7 silver earrings
Paul R. Suttman studied sculpture and ceramics with Robert Cranbach in New York and sculpture with John Tatschl at the University of New Mexico.  Sculpture was his major study, but he embraced jewelry and ceramic crafts in his philosophy of sculpture.  He was an instructor in ceramics at the University of New Mexico Community College and did architectural sculpture for the Fine Arts building at the University of New Mexico.  He worked with materials ranging from diamonds and precious metals to common copper and woods.
John Szymak

Dallas, Texas

Silver cuff links
John Szymak attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, and the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester, New York.  He maintained a workshop in Dallas, Texas.  He worked in gold, silver, and pewter, with or without gems or enamels.
Ken Thompson

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Silver buttonhole necklace
Ken Thompson graduated from the University of Minnesota, and was on the staff of the art department at Miller Vocational High School in Minneapolis.  He worked in silver and semi-precious stones.
Edgar J. Trapp

Indiana, Pennsylvania

Ebony & silver earrings
Edgar A. Trapp was Assistant Professor, Art Department at the State Teachers College, Indiana, Pennsylvania.  He received his B.A. and M.F.A. degrees in art education at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He worked in gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones, rare woods, ivory, and enamels.
Anne G. Van Kleeck

Columbus, Ohio

Copper & brass medallion
Anne G. Van Kleeck was Instructor of Art at Columbus Art School in Columbus, Ohio.  She was Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Ohio Wesleyan University.  She worked in all metals including brass, copper, silver, and gold.
Arthur A. Vierthaler

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Silver pendant with moonstones
Arthur A. Vierthaler was Assistant Professor of Art Education, University of Wisconsin. He attended the Chicago Art Institute and the Milwaukee Art Institute.
Fennell Wallin

San Diego, California

Ironwood & silver necklace


Fennell Wallin majored in art and engineering at San Diego state College.  He worked mostly in wood and silver.  He was best known for his use of silver wire and desert iron wood which is one of the hardest and densest of all woods.
Kay White

Bristol, Connecticut

Silver pendant
Kay White began studying jewelry making in 1948 at the Y.W.C.A. in Hartford, Connecticut.  She  continued studying with Sonja Preuthen at the Coach House Workshop in Mason, New Hampshire; Dorothea Thompson at the Summer Arts and Crafts Workshop at Willimantic and Carl Podzsus of New York University.  She maintained her own studio in Bristol, Connecticut.  She worked only in silver and set a few stones.
Byron Wilson

Oakland, California

Silver pendant with black jade stone
Byron Wilson was a native of Oakland, California. He was active in t he fields of etching, painting, and sculpture.  He worked in silver, ivory, ebony, and black jade.
Bob Winston

Berkeley, California

Ivory, wood, & silver pendant

Silver, hair clip, pin & ring

Bob Winston taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California. He attended the University of California where he received his B.A. and M.A. degrees. He was  professor of jewelry and design.
Alice E. Zimmerman

Evansville, Indiana

Silver pendant with Mexican agate
Alice E. Zimmerman received her B.A. degree from DuPauw University, changing from music to art and receiving her M.A. degree at Columbia University.  She attended the Universal School of Crafts, Chicago Art Institute's summer school at Saugatuck, Michigan; Ringling School of Art, and the University of Tennessee.  She taught art and crafts in Evansville, Indiana at F.J. Reitz High School and conducted jewelry classes at Evansville College.

1 Hans Sedlmayr, The Revolution of Modern Art--Excerpt
Design 1935-1965, What Modern Was, Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal pg. 20
 American Visions, the epic History of Art in America, by Robert Hughes,  pgs. 506-507. 
4 Messengers of Modernism, Toni Greenbaum, Introduction
5.Interview with Betty Cooke by Marbeth Schon, Modern Silver Magazine, August-September, 2001

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