Wendy McAllister

"My jewelry refers to the natural world with its quirky forms and textures. All that sumptuous, unabashed beauty is purposeful, and it sweeps me away as a voyeur to the spectacle and inspires me as a maker."

At the age of twelve, Wendy McAllister became a true believer in the transformative power of adornment. While traveling in Mexico, her parents gave her a live bejeweled Makech beetle on a small gold chain and safety pin. Wearing this walking pin, she felt confident, unique, and ready to tackle the middle school social scene! This experience has informed her love of jewelry ever since.

McAllister uses traditional metalsmithing and enameling techniques to form her unique jewelry.

Recognized for her experimental use of colorful vitreous enamel on large brooches, Wendy McAllister's award-winning sculptural jewelry has been exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She earned a BA in fine arts/ceramics from George Washington University and later earned a professional certificate in jewelry with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Maryland State Arts Council Grants, Maryland, Baltimore, 2012, 2015, 2018
Award of Excellence, USA , American Craft Council , 2014
The Hannah Gallery, Spain, Barcelona, 2014, 2017
SOFA: Chicago, IL, Chicago, 2017
Triple Parade Biennale for Jewelry, China, Shanghai, 2018
The Mint Museum, Permanent Collection, Charlotte, NC, 2013