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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.

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’s Initiative Grant ‘09
Minnesota State Arts Board Artist¹s 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:

International Metal Jewelry Artistry Award - Grand Prize - Wire Category 2018
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Gemmy Award '14
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:
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine "Head Dressing" August 2015
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine "Body Conscious" August 2013
500 Gemstone Jewels, Schiffer Publishing 2010
Viking Magazine, Bridal Issue June ‘10
Twin Cities Luxury Magazine, “A Walking Legacy” 2010
Modern Jeweler Magazine, “What Jewelers Mean When They Say Green” ‘09
Art Jewelry 2 – Jeffrey B. Snyder, Schiffer Publishing 2008
Cien Fuegas Magazine “Jewelry for the Heart, Soul and Earth ‘09
Inspired Magazine "A King and Queen's Story" December '07
Viking Magazine "Traditions With a Twist" September '07
Ornament Magazine 30-4-07
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine September '06
Iowa Alumni Magazine "Crown Jewels" April '06
Viking Magazine "A Crowning Achievement" '00


Begin Continue – North House Folk School 20th Anniversary Exhibition GrandMarais, MN 2017
Deep Roots: Craft Museum of Finland, Jyvaskyla, Finland 2015Ibsen Adorned: I & II Ibsen Fest Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, MN 13 & 14Traditions in Transition: The Art of Jewelry Redefined Lanesboro, MN ‘13Society 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, Haydon 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

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE Minneapolis, MN 2012-present Instructor
Saami Friendship Bracelet Class.
MN 2012 Instructor Saami Friendship Bracelet Class
NORTH HOUSE FOLK SCHOOL Grand Marais, MN 2002 – present. Currently teaching "Viking Knit" bracelet workshops. Other workshops include Saami Friendship Bracelet, Celtic Pendant, Anticlastic Bracelet & Fantasy Filigree
VESTERHEIM MUSEUM HAND WORK SCHOOL 2001 - 06 Decorah, IA Beginning and advanced classes in traditional Norwegian silversmithing
MINNEAPOLIS TEXTILE CENTER Minneapolis, MN 2004 Guest Artist Taught Viking Knit bracelet workshop.

Related Experience:
OWNER: Crown Trout Jewelers, Lanesboro, MN. 95-present. Jewelry design consultation and fabrication in gold, silver, platinum and gems.

Trade Affiliations and Volunteer Service

Society of North American Goldsmiths

Minnesota Jewelry Artist Guild
Minneapolis Uptown Art Fair - Juror 2015

Uptown Art Fair, Minneapolis, MN  – Judge  2016
Minnesota State Arts Board Panelist – Folk and Traditional Arts ’10 – ‘12
Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council Grant Panel Chair ’08 – ‘14
Cornucopia Art Center, Lanesboro, MN - Board Chair '07 – ‘09
Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Rochester, MN - President '06-08
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, St. Paul, MN - Board Member ’03 – ‘05
Minnesota Percent for Arts, St. Paul, MN Panelist ‘05


Where to Buy

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