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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's jewelry is made using traditional metalsmithing techniques to form the unique sterling silver settings, and experimental firing techniques to create the colorful vitreous enamels on copper forms.

Recognized for her experimental use of colorful vitreous enamel on large brooches, Wendy McAllister's award-winning sculptural jewelry has been exhibited and published in the United States and abroad. 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.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
SIERAAD International Jewelry Art Fair, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 2013, 2014
American Craft Council Show, Maryland, Baltimore, 2013, 2014
Art Palm Beach 2014, FL, West Palm Beach, 2014
Biannual Individual Artist Award: Crafts, Maryland, MD State Arts Council, 2012
SOFA CHICAGO 2012, IL, Chicago, 2012
The Mint Museum, Permanent Collection, Charlotte, NC, 2013