I am creating work that reflects my admiration for the structures Radiolaria and other Protozoa of the deep ocean create for themselves. I look at microphotography of these organisms as well as the drawings of scientist and artist Ernst Haeckel for further inspection and inspiration. Radiolaria speak to me: "I may be a spineless minuscule blob of matter, but I am building a badass armor to protect myself. I will survive and prevail."

A maker and lover of art all my life, during my career as a graphic designer, I mastered glass bead making techniques. I studied metalsmithing at Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas under Sandra Zilker and Jan Harrell. I am currently working towards my MFA in Jewelry and Metals at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. My awesome professors are Ana Lopez, James Thurman and Harlan Butt.

Mary Jarvis


Fall 2015 - Present University of North Texas: MFA Studio Art: Metals/Jewelry

2012-2015 Workshops/classes taught by Andy Cooperman, Val Link, David Clemons, Diane Falkenhagen, Mary Rogers, Ken Bova, Sandie Zilker, Jan Harrell, Kip O’Malley, Ken Bova, Casey Shepherd, Bob Ebendorf and Tara Locklear.

2017 Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts: Work Study/Workshop: Found Objects: Bob Ebendorf

2013 History of Russia/Fabergé at Rice University: Glasscock School

2009 and 2011 Penland School of Craft: Enameling/Linda Darty, Chasing & Repoussé/ Megan Corwin

2008 - 2013 Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

Art History, Jewelry Fabrication, Enameling, Drawing I & II and Figure Drawing

2005 Artist as the Entrepreneur: New Orleans Arts Council led by Gene Meneray, Director

2000 Glass Bead Making with Sage and Tom Holland in Fox, Arkansas

1980 B.A. Graphic Design: The University of Mississippi Minor: English/Writing

Work Experience

Teaching Fellow: Metals I, Design II University of North Texas Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Teacher Assistant: Design II, University of North Texas Spring 2016

Communications /Administrative Support: March 2014 - July 2015 - Dallas Church

Owner / Artist 2001 – Present Mary Jarvis Designs: Designing/fabrication of Jewelry. Proficient in

glass bead making, metal fabrication, Cloisonné, and Chasing & Repoussé.

Communications Director 1994 – 2001 Broadmoor United Methodist Church, Shreveport, La.

Designed publications, Public Relations, established and maintained website

Art Manager/Director 1991 - 1993 WKNO – FM/TV, Memphis, Tennessee

Designed and Produced monthly magazine.

Graphic Designer 1987 - 1990 The University of Mississippi: Art Director of the quarterly recruiting

publication winning state and national awards

Graphic Designer 1986 - 1987 Rebel Press Printing Company, Oxford, Mississippi

Art Teacher 1984 - 1986 Oxford University School, Oxford, Mississippi

Graphic Designer 1980 – 1982 Oxford Eagle Newspaper Oxford, Mississippi

Exhibitions, Published Work and Articles

“Beetle Brooch” Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angulo, May 2014

“Inspired by Emily: Jewels” The Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin, May 2014

“Guess Who brooch” Humor in Craft by Brigette Martin 2012

“Bring me the Sunset” Collage Earth/Energy: Through Women’s Eyes: WiVLA March - May 2013 Museum

Fine Arts Houston/Glassell School of Art “Additions” Exhibition April 12 - 25, 2011

The Glassell School of Art - Studio School Student Exhibition 2009 and 2010, 2012

Perspectives: Traditions and Innovations in Glass Beads at Glass Art Society Conference ‘09, Cornel, NY

“Emily Poem Pendant” Craft Texas 2010 The Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

Glassell School of Art / TRADITION BANK Alumni Organization Exhibition September 2010

Featured Artist: Crafthaus Sept. 2010 and January 2013

“Ocean Pendant” Spotlight on Metal Exhibition, Houston Metal Artist Guild and Hanson’s Gallery,

Houston, TX October 2010

18 Hands Gallery/Glassell Student Exhibition of Clay and Metal Artists, May 2010, 2011, 2012

“Carmen Miranda Bead Technique” Lapidary Journal, September 2006

“Beads of the Sea” Bead Unique Magazine, Summer 2006

“Beach Heart Amulet” Cover Story: Belle Armoire Magazine July/August 2006

Presenter: Houston Metal Arts Guild Program: “Unusual Settings for Unusual Stones” October 2011

Past Gallery Representation

18 Hands Gallery, Houston, Texas

Hansons Galleries, Houston, Texas

Archway Gallery, Houston, Texas


Society of North American Goldsmiths, volunteer & current member

Houston Metal Arts Guild, Board Member since 2008, served as President 2011-1013

Where to Buy

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