Eric Burris

Eric Burris is a metalsmith and jeweler who constructs sculptural jewelry, influenced by nature, architecture, travel, and the materials themselves. He combines wood with Mokume Gane; they complement each other visually, but contrast in terms of natural vs. man-made. Maps are incorporated to offer visual clues and add color.

Eric has been making things out of metal and teaching others how to do the same for over twenty years. He has a BFA from Kansas State University and an MFA from Arizona State University. He’s also been employed as a bench jeweler, an adjunct instructor at multiple colleges, and sold his jewelry nationally at fine craft shows. During graduate school he was hooked on the Japanese technique, Mokume Gane. By combining traditional and western methods he’s developed a low tech and efficient method of making diffusion bonded Mokume Gane. Eric thrives on sharing his metal working experiences and travels around the country teaching workshops. He has also made a living working with dogs as an amateur dog trainer and operating a dog walking business. He lives in Maryland with his printmaker partner, Gretchen and their dog Javier."

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