Monday, October 11, 2010

Robert (Bob) Ebendorf receives The North Carolina Award

Artist and jeweler Robert (Bob) Ebendorf has been a leader in the art jewelry movement since the 60's. He was honored recently by Beverly Perdue and the N.C Department of Cultural Resources with the state's highest civilian award, The North Carolina Award. Past recipients include Francis Speight, James Taylor, and "Doc" Watson. Here is a link to the story on ECU's website.

Bob's pieces are often about giving a new life to ordinary objects. He is the godfather of jewelry made from found objects. I was lucky to have Bob as a professor at East Carolina University when I was doing my B.F.A. He is without a doubt one of the most caring, thoughtful people I have ever meet. Learning from Bob was truly an energetic experience. I remember how fast he would race around the studio, he was hard to keep up with even as a student in my 20's. Bob has a knack for inspiring the people around him, in and out of the classroom. 

You may find him teaching workshops outside of ECU. I strongly encourage those of you studying jewelry to look him up on google. He is an icon and a valuable resource who loves helping people.

Here are some links to check out-
        Robert Ebendorf on wikipedia
        Smithsonian Resource Library Magazine
        ECU News Bureau
        Interview - Archives of American Art

Robert Ebendorf is an inductee of the National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame
He is a founding member of  The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

A video interview with Bob from NC Arts

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