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Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm to comment on gender roles in American society.  In 2008, Marissa earned her BFA in 3-dimensional design from Bowling Green State University and her MFA in 2011 in metals and jewelry design from East Carolina University. For two and a half years after graduating she instructed metalsmithing, jewelry and enameling courses in Certaldo, Italy for East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives Study Abroad Program. From 2013 to 2015 she worked at J. Cotter Galleries and Studio in Vail, Colorado as gallery manager and assistant studio manager. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC

She has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be seen on display at in the Dorothy McKenzie Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH as well as at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.

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Brooches aren’t just for grandmas! They are a popular format of jewelry to make in the metalsmithing world because of their ability to act as small canvases where artists can quickly and efficiently explore new techniques and ideas without the hindrances that come along with the creation of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings. In her workshop, Marissa will resolve one of the most difficult aspects of making a brooch; the pin back.

Marissa will explain the basic anatomy of a successful pin back, the difference between a left-handed and right-handed mechanisms, and she will demonstrate how to make both single and double stem pin backs with corresponding catches. Her designs are simple and clean solutions that can easily be integrated into any brooch design.


Marissa Saneholtz will be joining our Sunday workshop line up in place of Abigail Heuss.