A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:
Metalsmith Carol Tardiff of Willowsong Studio has always expressed herself through her artwork. Although she has explored many artistic forms throughout her lifetime, jewelry has been a consistent theme since the late 1980’s. In 2008, Carol began to experiment with metals and a whole new world of jewelry making was discovered. By combining natural elements, such as bone, horn, fossils and semi-precious stones, with piercing, hammer forming and texturing, this artist brings to life the workings of her imagination.
Carol’s warm copper jewelry vibrates with the whispers of ancient voices and provides the wearer with a spiritual connection to the past through one-of-a-kind, handcrafted amulets and talismans. With a passion for mythology and a deep love of the natural world, this self-taught artist regularly seeks out unusual treasures on her wooded land, at flea markets and antique stores and through unique collectors. Combining her finds with an active imagination, Carol coaxes secrets and lore from the metals on her bench, and spends her days happily immersed in the magic in her Massachusetts studio.
Carol is primarily self-taught, but has also been privileged to study under the following teachers through various workshops:
March 2009 Fuller Craft Museum
Tricia Harding, Intro to Soldering
May 2009 Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program
Joy Raskin, Metal Working
Winter/Spring 2009 Not Simply Beads
Nicole Blanchard, various workshops
SNAG: Society of North American Goldsmiths
MJSA: Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America
ACC: American Craft Council
SAC: Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA