Elise Moran 90 JM
Based in Portsmouth, NH
My jewelry is a study of nature's complex, yet balanced design adapted into small 'sculptures' to be worn and to adorn. The work is a mix of hand-fabricated and cast pieces of sterling silver and/or gold. I use traditional metalsmithing techniques to make my unique models. Each piece is hand-finished with a soft satiny texture to enhance the natural forms. My focus is well-crafted, wearable design.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
I am greatly inspired to make jewelry that reflects my personal interests in art, architecture, culture and, perhaps most of all, nature. My hope is to capture a moment of discovery in materials that I love such as silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones (or even non-precious rock and glass) and to make something that can become a personal totem.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
My creative practice today is pretty much a continuation of my studies in jewelry and light metals at RISD. Though for practical reasons I am much more focused on production jewelry pieces I'm always challenging myself to try other projects (in other materials) which generate new ideas that sometimes find their way back into my jewelry work.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
I'm excited by the pursuit of recreating my work. That is to say, I'm combining ideas and themes that I have used for many years and also adding new elements/materials to create a new kind of poetic-feel and preciousness to the pieces.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
Recently the MFA Boston gift shop took an order of my "waterlily" line to coincide with the "Matisse in the Studio" exhibition, and Artful Home, a fine craft website, has started to represent my work.
To see more of Elise's work, visit elisemoran.com