Mary Raivel

"My inspiration has many sources, but especially mid-century modern design, including the architecture, furniture, and household objects of that era. My pieces are characterized by clean, elegant lines, joyful colors, and careful craftsmanship."

Mary Raivel is fascinated by the playful shapes and imaginative color schemes of mid-century modern design, especially in contrast to the relatively conservative style of dress and social norms of that era. Her work strives to both distill the design essence of that era and use it as a springboard, exploring and expanding its sensibilities to create work that showcases her unique visions.

Mary Raivel hand fabricates her pieces from fine silver, bronze, and other metals, often using nylon-coated steel wire to connect elements. She frequently applies spray paint to interior surfaces, resulting in a subtle use of bright color. She sometimes uses heat-shrink tubing, silk thread, or other materials to provide color or to function as connectors.

Growing up, Mary Raivel loved drawing and making things. She then worked in public service for many years as an environmental attorney. In 2010, she took her first art jewelry course at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and she was hooked. She studied metalsmithing and jewelry intensively at MICA and the Baltimore Jewelry Center, and in 2015, she became a full-time metalsmith and jewelry artist.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council (ACC) Show Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Convention Center, 2015-2018
ACC Show San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Fort Mason, 2018
CraftBoston Spring, Boston, MA, Cyclorama, 2018
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia Convention Center, 2017
Morven In May, Princeton, NJ, Moven Museum, 2017-2018
Visual Arts Center of Richmond Craft + Design Show, Richmond, VA, Main Street Station, 2016-2017
Hot Dog! Exhibition and Sale, Chicago, IL, Ornament and Object, 2016
With Moves Like MacGyver exhibition, Greenville, NC, ECU Symposium, 2017
collection, Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2017, 2018
collection, San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design Store, San Francisco, CA, 2017