Marley Beers has been a painter, horse trainer, innkeeper, Peace Corps volunteer, graphics designer, glass artist and jewelry designer. She travelled throughout the east coast doing about 25 fine art shows a year with her jewelry and was awarded “best in show” on several occasions. Her focus for the past 10 years has been jewelry design, particularly in flameworked glass, metal and precious metal clay. Seven years ago she created the popular “BeadCamp”, attended by students and instructors from all over the world. She shares her many skills by teaching right next door to the Cottage Gallery at BeadCamp
and Nokomis ArtSpace.
I am the sole creator of my jewelry. As a mixed media jewelry designer I create pieces using many skills including flameworking with glass, precious metal clay sculpture, and traditional metalworking techniques.
I make my own flameworked beads, pendants and sculptures. These are created using rods of soda lime and/or dichroic glass. I use a dual fuel (propane and oxygen) glass torch, shaping the glass on and off mandrel with a variety of tools. The glass is then annealed slowly in a kiln to remove stress and strengthen it.
When using silver, copper, or gold in beads and neckpieces, I apply traditional metalworking techniques such as forging, sawing, soldering, and polishing. For precious metal clay I use traditional sculpturing tools and techniques prior to firing in a kiln.
I have created a series of designs that have interchangable focal pieces so one neckpiece can be used with many focals. Some of the focals, such as my “Posie” series, also stand alone as sculptures when not being worn.
I strive for elegance, whimsy and graphic impact in my work.
Marley isn't painting at the moment but here are some examples of both her realistic wildlife and her metaphysical drawings and paintings.
Art related awards, honors, and consultations:
Best in show: Meadowmont Art Festival, Orange County Artist Guild, Chapel Hill, NC.
First prize: Fine Arts Festival, Arts Council of Moore County, Southern Pines, NC.
Best in show: Festifall Art Festival, Chapel Hill, NC.
Solo exhibit: Campbell House Gallery, Southern Pines, NC, “Gardens of my Mind”.
Solo exhibit: Eclectic Edge Gallery, Cary, NC.
Honored: National Park Service, Washington, DC.
Honored: NBC “Today Show”, New York, NY.
Consultant: Russel Wright and The Nature Conservancy, “Manitoga Foundation”, Garrison, NY.
Consultant/program director: National Endowment for the Arts, “Architects in the Schools Program”, Washington, DC.
Consultant: National Endowment for the Arts and Lawrence Halprin’s “City Spirit Program”, Washington, DC.
Consultant: USAID, Liberia, West Africa.
Instructor: Artists' Workshop of the Sandhills “Advanced Life Drawing”, Aberdeen, NC; “Flameworking Glass Beads and Scupture”, "Basics of Precious Metal Clay”, and “Forging/Basic Metal Working”, BeadCamp, Nokomis, FL.
AFA, Sullins College, Bristol, VA
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
BFA, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Paulo Soleri, Cosanti Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ
MFA, Maryland Institute College
of Art, Baltimore, MD
Intensive Classes with Masters
Forging with Ben Dyer and Metalworking with James Carter.
Flameworking courses with nationally known instructors such as Corina Tettinger, Heather Trimlett, Kristina Logan, Astrid Riedel and others too numerous to mention.