What I saw in Julie

Ruth Anne Grove, Articulated Earrings, 1993

In 1994, Julie: Artisans’ Gallery was just about the only places you could see work by accomplished polymer jewelry artists.  When Julie Shafler Dale opened her gallery in 1973, it was the very first boutique dedicated to wearable art in America.  Ten years later, she wrote the first book on Art-to-Wear. And by 1994 her gallery was presenting the work of several polymer artists including Pier Voulkos, Michael and Ruth Anne Grove, Shellie Brooks and City Zen Cane. (top image courtesy of Jamey D. Allen from his book Five Artists – Five Directions in Polymer Clay, 1995

Ruth Anne Grove, Caned Necklace, 1993

I cannot remember a time in my life that I wasn't interested in looking at art, talking about art and the making of art. In 1990 I earned a Phd in art history at the University of Maryland. My first experiences with polymer clay were in 1992, but I consider my real work with the medium to date from 1999.