Bob Ebendorf and Nan Lopata

Box Theater

Repurposed Cigar Box, Jar Lid, Mirror, Jewelry, Reflectors, etc,

12 x 6.25 x 1.75 inches

My work is very radical, but I’m using the same tools and techniques that have been passed down to me from generation to generation. I try to make order out of chaos. Working with lost and found materials that have no intrinsic value, I’m not a person who you would find working in gold and diamond. I started my career using more traditional metal materials, but in the 70’s I began working from the heart and fusing my ideas with techniques I have learned. My work is one of a kind; each piece stands on its own individually. None of my works are alike, but you can tell that they have the same maker because of the way the materials are juxtaposed. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what I make may not be seen in jewelry stores, but it’s what I find beautiful.

An eclectic jeweler and metalsmith, Robert Ebendorf was born in Topeka, Kansas. He earned a B.F.A. degree in 1958 and an M.F.A. in 1963 at the University of Kansas. A Fulbright grant enabled Ebendorff to study in 1963 at Norway's state School for Applied Arts and Crafts. Upon receiving a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant, he returned to Norway from 1965 to 1966 to work at Norway Silver Designs in Fredikstad. Ebendorf has worked as a jewelry design consultant in Mexico City, Oslo, Norway, and Vicenza, Italy. A founding member and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, he has taught at Stetson University in Florida, University of Georgia, Pocosin School of Fine Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and the State University of New York, New Paltz.

Nan Lopata is an art jeweler and enamelist. After a 30 year career as a professional musician, Nan took a leap of faith and pursued yer passion for metalwork. After graduating with highest honors from East Carolina University, Nan was selected to become a studio artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria Virginia. Her work is represented in the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts and has been featured in various publications and books. She has won a number of awards in regional and national exhibitions and was commissioned by the Renwick Museum to design and create brooches for retiring docents. Nan resides in Springfield Virginia and spends many hours in her studio trying to tame the mess.

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