Heather Stief Metalsmith, Jeweler

Inspired by the natural world around her, the work of Pennsylvania-based metalsmith Heather Stief is a study in the contrast of light and dark. She is fascinated by the transition of day to night, and the subtle changes that occur. To form her jewelry collection, she incorporates sterling silver, gemstones and other found objects into shapes found in nature to create original works of wearable art with a fresh and modern perspective.

In her work, Stief strives to create a balance between hard and soft, modern and organic, contemporary and traditional. To emphasize that contrast, she often incorporates alternative materials such as rubber and found objects into her work. Stief's body of work endeavors to maintain an organic quality while still feeling modern, and aims to not simply mimic nature, but to interpret and celebrate it.

Stief's passion for jewelry design began in college where she attended Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and was exposed to all facets of a career in Fine Craft. During this time Stief received training in traditional metalsmithing fabrication techniques, and took several workshops to expand her skill set. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Crafts in 2007, she launched Heather Stief Jewelry. In 2013 she began exhibiting her work and was a selected participant in the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen's EMERGE program for emerging artists. Stief was juried in to the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen as a Master Artisan in 2015 and was awarded the Benchmark Award for Unique Voice in 2016. Stief works out of her Mount Joy, Pennsylvania studio and currently exhibits her work at fine craft fairs along the east coast.


EDUCATION

2003–2007
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Fine Arts, minor in Crafts
GPA 3.98, Summa Cum Laude

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011–Present            Owner; Heather Stief Jewelry

EXHIBITIONS

2014            Adoring You; Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Juried
2013            In Bloom; Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Juried
2010            AIGA TennShow; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, Juried
2007           Senior Fine Art Exhibition; Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
2006           Wilkum Exhibition; Eckhaus Gallery; Kuztown, Pennsylvania, Juried
2003           Spring Fiber & Textile Show; Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Juried
2003           Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition; Lancaster Museum of Art , Juried

JURIED CRAFT SHOWS

2017           Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; State College, Pennsylvania (Invited)
2017           Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst; Tarrytown, New York
2017           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2017           Spring Craft Morristown; Morristown, New Jersey
2017           Downingtown Fine Arts Festival; Downingtown, Pennsylvania
2016           American Craft Council Show; Baltimore, Maryland
2016           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2016           Long's Park Art & Craft Festival; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2016           Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show; Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
2016           Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst; Tarrytown, New York
2016           Arts Festival Reading; Goggleworks Center for the Arts; Reading, Pennsylvania
2016           Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; State College, Pennsylvania
2015           Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015           Long's Park Art & Craft Festival; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2015           Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show; Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania
2015           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015           Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts; State College, Pennsylvania
2015           Craft Westport; Westport, Connecticut
2015           Morristown CraftMarket; Morristown, New Jersey
2015           Bucks County Guild Fine Craft Fair; Doylestown, Pennsylvania
2015           Crafts at Purchase; Purchase, New York
2015           Lancaster Made Arts Market; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2015           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2015           Craft Morristown; Morristown, New Jersey
2015           Arts Festival Reading; Goggleworks Center for the Arts; Reading, Pennsylvania
2015           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Wilmington, Delaware
2015           Art Star Craft Bazaar; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015           Indiemade Craft Market; Allentown, Pennsylvania
2014           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Wilmington, Delaware
2014           MakersFest Fine Craft Fair; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2014           Arts Festival Reading; Goggleworks Center for the Arts; Reading, Pennsylvania
2014           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2014           Indiemade Craft Market; Allentown, Pennsylvania
2014           Manayunk Arts Festival; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2014           Media Fine Art and Craft Festival; Media, Pennsylvania
2014           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013           New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival; New Hope, Pennsylvania
2013           Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2013           Arts on the Avenue; West Reading, Pennsylvania
2013           Indiemade Craft Show; Allentown, Pennsylvania
2013           YorkFest Arts Festival; York, Pennsylvania

teaching EXPERIENCE

2016–Present            Center for American Craft, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
                                    Introduction to Metalsmithing Workshops
                                    Stone-setting Workshops

related education

2017          Penland School of Crafts; Hand Engraving Workshop
2014          Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts; Metalsmithing and Silversmithing Workshops
2012          Goggleworks Center for the Arts; Metalsmithing and Silversmithing Workshops

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2017           Invited Artist; Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
2016           Benchmark Award for Unique Voice; Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
2015           Juried to Master Artisan; Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
2015           Second Place in Booth Design; Arts Festival Reading
2015           Emerging Artist; Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show
2013           Selected Participant; Pennsylvania Guild's EMERGE program for Emerging Artists
2003-07     Recipient; Board of Governors Scholarship

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
Ethical Metalsmiths
American Craft Council