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Adornment is personal – a connection between art and the wearer. What
jazzes me about getting up in the morning and running to the studio is
the opportunity that I will make an artistic connection with someone who I will
continue to aesthetically and physically touch every time they wear one of my
pieces. My process is truly a dance of magical alchemy. I get to be a
draughtsman of design, a painter of patinas, a builder of brooches and a surgeon
of soldering. My work travels with the wearer throughout the legacy of their lives.
My journey as an artist began growing up in a Scandinavian community
where I visited the silver collection at the local Norwegian museum with its cases
of bridal crowns, belts and pins. I literally believed every girl got a crown when
she got married. I was haunted by fairy tales of the mountain king stealing the
bride on her wedding day. The silver jewelry she wore was supposed to protect
her and only the most beautifully crafted pieces would ensure her safe delivery to
the church. I continue to be fascinated and inspired by the cult of the bride in
various cultures and much of my work focuses on the historical and social
significance of the bridal crown in particular. While I draw much of my
expertise from traditional techniques like delicate filigree and engraving I am
constantly looking to expand my own voice within and throughout the margins of
metalworking. To date I continue to discover what that voice is and how to
channel it in the realm of personal adornment to not just include Scandinavian
influences but to explore metalsmithing traditions from other cultures as well.

One of my charges as an artist continues to be the preservation of my craft in an
effort to broaden the definition of gold and silversmithing to include fine art.

Liz Bucheit creates jewelry and body adornment inspired by her Scandinavian ancestry and keeps close ties to her heritage by drawing inspiration from Nordic folklore and myth.  A goldsmith for over 30 years, she holds a Master’s degree in metalworking and jewelry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City and has trained in traditional jewelry and metalworking techniques in Ireland and Norway.  Liz has won numerous competitions and been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, McKnight Foundation, Sons of Norway and the SE Minnesota Arts Council.  She has exhibited in museums and cultural centers and her bridal tiaras and wedding jewelry are in many collections.  Liz is an active speaker on the topic of Norwegian filigree work and conducts workshops and classes in jewelry design and fabrication.  She owns and operates Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN with partner and fellow goldsmith Michael Seiler.

  • LIZ  BUCHEIT    Jewelry Designer – Goldsmith
  • PO Box 96 Lanesboro, MN 55949 612-756-2908


  •    MA Degree in Metalworking and Jewelry, University of Iowa - 1986
  •    BFA in Metalworking and Jewelry, University of Iowa - 1982
  •    Raulandsakadimiet Folk School Rauland, Norway - 1999 & 2005
  •    Michael Good - Clarke's School of Metalsmithing, Wicklow, Ireland – 2004


  •    Minnesota State Arts Board Folk & Traditional Arts Grant 2014
  •    McKnight Established Artist Grant 2012
  •    Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship Finalist - 2010
  •    Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant ‘09
  •    Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant '07
  •    Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant '05
  •    Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Original Works Grant '02
  •    Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant '01
  •    Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Original Works Grant '01
  •    Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Original Works Grant '99
  •    Sons of Norway Heritage and Culture Grant '99

   Honors and Awards

  •    Twin Cities Public Television “Worn Within” series June 1, 2021
  •    International Metal Jewelry Artistry Award - Grand Prize - Wire Category 2018
  •   Lapidary Journal Jewelry Arts “Gemmy” Award 2014
  •   PBS “Off 90” – KSMQ Austin, Albert Lea April 7, 2013
  •    WJA Dazzle Diva Design Awards – First Place in Bridal Category ‘12
  •    Lapidary Journal Jewelry Arts Awards - First Place '06
  •    Women's Jewelry Association "Rising Star" Award '03
  •    Honorable Mention in the Diva Design Jewelry Competition '03
  •    Top Finalist - World Gold Council's Gold Virtuosi Design Contest Vincenza,
  •    Italy ‘02
  •    QTV Public TV "Venture North" Austin, MN Crown Trout Jewelers '01

Selected Publications

  •    Norwegian American – “Vesterheim’s Collection Connection” March 18, 2021
    New York Times - "Echoes of Scandinavia" February 10, 2020
  •    Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine, “Head Dressing” August 2015
  •    Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine, “Body Conscious” August 2014
  •    500 Gemstone Jewels, Schiffer Publishing 2010
  •    Viking Magazine, Bridal Issue June 2010
  •    Twin Cities Luxury Magazine, “A Walking Legacy” 2010
  •    Modern Jeweler Magazine, “What Jewelers Mean When They Say Green” 2009
  •    Art Jewelry 2 – Jeffrey B. Snyder, Schiffer Publishing 2008
  •    Cien Fuegas Magazine “Jewelry for the Heart, Soul and Earth 2009
  •    Inspired Magazine "A King and Queen's Story" December 2007
  •    Viking Magazine "Traditions with a Twist" September 2007
  •    Ornament Magazine 30-4-07
  •    Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine September 2006
  •    Iowa Alumni Magazine "Crown Jewels" April 2006
  •    Viking Magazine "A Crowning Achievement 2000


  • Socially Distanced: Creatively Connected  Vesterheim Museum Decorah, IA 2021
  •    Nordic Crowns & Beyond: In Praise of Women Nordic Center, Duluth, MN 2021
  •    Re-Emerging–MNJAG Show Gallery 360 Minneapolis, MN 2020
  •    Begin Continue – North House Folk School 20th Anniversary Exhibition Grand  Marais, MN 2017
  •    Deep Roots:  Craft Museum of Finland, Jyvaskyla, Finland 2015
  •    Ibsen Adorned:  Part 2 Ibsen Fest – Commonweal Theatre Lanesboro, MN ‘14
  •    Traditions in Transition:  The Art of Jewelry Redefined   Lanesboro, MN ‘13
  •    Ibsen Adorned   Ibsen Fest – Commonweal Theatre Lanesboro, MN ‘13
  •    Society of North American Goldsmiths – “The Body Adorned”  ‘12
  •    Lanesboro Center for the Arts – “H20 Show”, Lanesboro, MN 11
  •    Lanesboro Center for the Arts – “The Art of Food”, Lanesboro, MN ‘10
  •    Phipps Center For The Arts - "Hand of the Huldra" Hudson, WI '10
  •    SE Minnesota Fine Artist's Exhibition - Shakespeare Festival Winona, MN        '09
  •    The Royal We - Norway Days San Francisco, CA '09
  •    Art of Adornment, Dahl Center for the Arts, Rapid City, SD '09
  •    Wood and Fire, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Decorah, IA '08
  •    40th Annual Exhibition, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA ‘08
  •    Norwegians in America: An Evolution of Folk Art Tradition, Haydo           Art Center, Lincoln, NE ‘08
  •    Art of Adornment, Cornucopia Art Center Lanesboro, MN '06
  •    Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Exhibition, Saint Paul, MN 05
  •    Diva Design Jewelry Competition, Las Vegas, NV   '03
  •    World Gold Council¹s Gold Virtuosi Competition, Vincenza, Italy '02
  •    Bridal Splendor; Vesterheim Museum, Decorah IA  ‘00


Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.