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Heather White

Heather White
North 380

Heather White’s work is highly influenced by historical metal objects and ornamentation made for royal figures, non-secular rituals and military forces, such as crowns, brooches and other forms of adornment. These pieces are at once beautiful, sculptural forms as well as functional objects that relate to the viewers’ physical presence, to the essence and history of antiquated objects and to the concerns of the era. White’s work combines the inherent beauty of working with precious metals with larger issues surrounding ornamentation and decoration.

1994 - MFA, State University of New York, The College at New Paltz; 1990 - BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
Professional Experience: 



  • 2018 - Blind Artifacts, Jewelers’ Werk Galerie, Washington, DC
  • 2009 - Coltivando con Rosso, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA


  • 2017 - Revival Jewelry, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA. Curated by Emily Stoehrer 
  • 2016 - Go for Baroque: Opulence and Excess in Contemporary Art, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
  • 2015 - Body Embellishment, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. Curated by Rebecca Elliot, Annie Carlano & Sarah Wolfe 
  • 2014 - The Ring Exhibition, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
  • 2013 - Works from the Permanent Collection of Susan Beech, Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC 

Selected Publications

  • 2011 - 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series, Lark Books p. 22
  • 2010 - Review of solo exhibition Coltivando con Rosso at Mobilia Gallery by Martina Windels, Metalsmith, Summer Issue, Vol.30/No.3,
  • 2008 - The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewelry, p.2233, Darling Publications, Edited by Andy Lim
  • 2006 - Cover image and Feature Article, "What the Body Knows," Metalsmith, Summer Issue, p.24 by Patricia Harris and David Lyon
  • 2005 - The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques, Cover Image and Chapter #5, p. 98-121, Lark Books
  • 2005 - 500 Brooches, Lark Books, p. 10, 172, juried by Marjorie Simon 
  • 2004 - 1000 Rings, Lark Books, p. 218, 226, 309, juried by Robert Ebendorf
  • 2002 - Review by Editor Jan Shepard regarding the Society of Arts and Crafts Excellence in Craft Artist Award, New England Crafts Connoisseur, Volume 6, issue 1, Fall 2002
  • 2002 - "21st Century Metalsmiths: Individual and Collaborative Works" by Marty Carlock, Sculpture Magazine, January/February issue, p.63 
  • 2002 - Jewelry as Installation, review of works at the Susan Cummins Gallery, American Craft, February/March issue, p.78
  • 2001 - "Vanity of Vanities," review of group exhibition by Michal Ann Carley, Metalsmith, Spring issue, p. 36
  • 2000 - Review of Exhibition at Sybaris Gallery by Vincent Carducci, Metalsmith, summer issue, p.61

Selected Collections

  • Museum of Art and Design (MAD Museum) New York City, New York
  • Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Collection of Susan Beech, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
  • Daphne Farago Collection, Rotasa Foundation, Mill Valley, California
  • Collection of Marion Folk, Samual Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York

Selected Honors and Awards 

  • 2012 - Fulbright Fellowship to research and teach at Alchimia School of Contemporary Jewelry Florence, Italy
  • 2009 - Brother Thomas Fellowship, The Boston Foundation 
  • 2009 - Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Crafts 
  • 2007 - Massachusetts College of Art and Design Charlotte Foundation Faculty Fellowship 
  • 2005 - Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Crafts 
  • 2003 - Marion And Jasper Whiting Foundation Award to study in Lappeenranta, Finland 
  • 2002 - Excellence in Crafts Award, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • SNAG - Society of North American Goldsmiths 
  • AJF - Art Jewelry Forum 
  • CAA - College Art Association