Biography: Biba Schutz
Trained as a graphic designer and printmaker, Biba Schutz has been a practicing, self-taught metal smith and jeweler for more than 20 years. She is well known for combining unexpected materials with metal in her wearable art. In 2012, she began incorporating glass into her jewelry designs.
Schutz’s creative process is fueled by new processes, materials, and explorations. “The dance is exciting. The work involves space, open or closed, full or empty, small or expansive,” says Schutz. “And then there are shadows. I am always aware of mine and thinking about how light will change the forms I build.”
Schutz’s works can be found in the collections of the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; and Rotasa Foundation, Mill Valley, CA. She has received the Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council in 2008 and the Award of Excellence in Jewelry at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2009. Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows.
During her March 2014 Residency at The Studio, Schutz challenged and pushed her understanding of glass as a material. She continued to integrate her metal process with glass, while using the characteristics of each material to bring forth hidden beauty.