Nancy Lee

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Nancy Lee

Nancy Lee Designs

1125 Brookside Ave, C4
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.937.1652
nancy@ndesignsmetal.com

leenld@iu.edu

 

 

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Self-taught metalsmith, custom jeweler, and enamelist creating 2D/3D works using hand fabrication, casting, and/or forging techniques to create singular, emotive works for wear or display. Gallery owner and volunteer advocate for the arts.

 

Non-University Instruction
 
Studied Under:
Marilyn Smith
Angela

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About My Work:

I bring dreams to life in metal. My goals is to inspire viewers to invent their own meaning when viewing my work, which is expressed in exquisite detail in jewelry or informed by gestures and landscapes in enameled paintings.

 

Jewelry includes alternative wedding and engagement rings and a retail jewelry line, shown in my gallery space or available on my website. Paintings are kiln-fired vitreous enamel on copper substrates. Vitreous enamel is colored, powdered glass and my preferred way to use it is sifted through a sieve or poured as a liquid onto prepared copper.  Whether jewelry or 2D work, ancient metalworking techniques are applied to old, new, and recycled materials with a modern twist.

 

I aim to employ responsible studio practices and use recycled materials in my work as much as possible as well as safe disposal of used materials and chemical.

Pricing Information:
  • Jewelry: Prices range from $40 – $3,000, with most works available in the $50-$500 range
  • Custom Jewelry prices in silver, karat gold, and gemstones range from $250 – $4,000
  • Enameled paintings: Prints range from $100 – $500
  • Copper Sculpture: $300 – $1000
  • Limited private instruction starting at $60 an hour
  • Gift Certificates: Available in any denomination
Education:

I’ve received no formal art education. Key jewelry making, metalsmithing and design techniques  were learned in workshops taught by instructors Michael David Sturlin, John Cogswell (also, his book), Juan Carolos Caballero-Perez, Angela Bubash and Marilyn Smith. Enameling has been learned from Jan Harrell and Jessica Calderwood and Linda Darty’s excellent book, The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, and Inspiration. 

Affiliations:

Founder, Indy Metalsmith; Past President, Indianapolis Downtown Artist & Dealers Association (IDADA); Member, Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); Past Faculty Member, Indianapolis Art Center

Awards:

 

  • Rebecca Pitts Award for Fiction Writing, 2020
  • Marianne Hedges Poetry Prize, 2019
  • Eric Sharp Gateway Poetry Award, Honorable Mention, 2018
  • Indiana Artisan Program Designation, Jewelry
  • Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, 2010-11, 2016-17
  • First Place, Indiana State Fair, Jewelry, Professional Division, 2010
  • First Place, Indiana State Fair, Sculpture, Professional Division, 2009 and 2011

PHOTOS

  • Rapture, Enamel on Copper, 12", Nancy Lee x 12"

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