Liz Bucheit - Norwegian Postcard Ring
Artist: Liz Bucheit, Massachusetts
Materials: sterling silver
Dimensions: 1.5 x .75
Artist Statement: Who has time to write postcards from Norway when you’re knee deep in the beautiful countryside and mountain vistas? My Norwegian postcard stacker rings mark some of my best memories of Norway in the summer. A goat herder passed his flock past my window early every morning and I was greeted by a symphony of bells and the high heeled clicks of dancing goats on their way to pasture. Traditional cabins high in the mountains are backed by green forests and the vistas are the stuff of fairy tales. To honor the rich tradition of the old ways I’ve included a “primstav” stacker ring. The primstav was an ancient calendar system used to mark seasonal planting, feasting and holidays with certain symbols. The symbols represent the summer season which is my favorite time to visit the motherland.
Artist Bio: 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. Liz was most recently awarded an American Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship to travel to Northern Norway to study Sámi silverwork. She owns and operates Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro, MN.
Rings from this collection will ship or be available for pick up after the competition concludes on April 29.