"I hope to create with my hands something that may transcend the purely ornamental to become a tangible expression of our connections and humanity."
Designer and Metalsmith
Cyd Rowley works from her Kensington Maryland studio where she creates sculptural “vessel” pendants that are inspired by her fascination with containers worn on the body, and with creating pieces that can be personalized, that tell a story, and that provoke conversation and connection with others. She studied design and jewelry fabrication at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.
As an independent studio jeweler, her goal is to do work that stretches her professionally, and that is meaningful for the wearer.
I describe my work as artful and avant-garde. I make pendants that are small vessels, inspired by those worn historically for practical purposes (holding spices, scents or small tools). My pieces, rather than being utilitarian, tap into the powerful role that jewelry plays in connecting us with others and in expressing something about who we are. They’re designed to hold something important, to express something about us and to provoke conversation with friends, family and even strangers. I hope the work I make enhances feelings of connection and self expression.
Cyd is a board member of the Washington Goldsmiths Guild. She also holds the position of Regional Representative (Mid-Atlantic) for the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and is member of Crafthaus. She is registered instructor with Rio Grande's Rio For Schools program. She teaches hydraulic forming using the Bonny Doon press and tooling.
Independent Studio Jeweler, Kensington, Maryland
Washington Guild of Goldsmiths (WGG) board member, 2014 - present
SNAG (Soc. of North American Goldsmiths) conference volunteer, 2015, 2016, 2017
SNAG Regional Council Member, Representative for the Mid-Atlantic region, Oct 2017 – Oct 2019
2000-2005 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Jewelry Program
1996-2000 Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Certificate in Interior & Architectural Design
1987-1988 London School of Economics (LSE), Masters of Science, Political Sociology
1981-1985 Clemson University, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
Shows / Exhibitions
Pleiades Jewelry Show, Strathmore Mansion, Dec 2017
NPR All Crafts Considered Show, Nov 2017
Academy Art Museum Craft Show, Easton MD, Oct 2017
American Fine Craft Show, Washington, Oct 2017
Creative Crafts Council Show, travelling exhibition, Glen Echo Park, Aug 2017
Art for DASH (District Alliance for Sustainable Housing) show, Nov 2016
Pleiades Jewelry Show, Strathmore Mansion, Dec 2015
McLean Jewelry Showcase, McLean, Virginia, Feb 2015
On-line Exhibition hosted by SNAG entitled We Are SNAG: Identity Dec 2014 – 2015
Washington Guild of Goldsmiths (WGG) exhibition and sale, Nov 2014
The James Renwick Alliance show, Chevy Chase, Maryland Dec 2014
Creative Crafts Council Biennial Exhibition, April 2017, recognition in jewelry
Art Jewelry Magazine, March 2016,
Creative Craft Council Biennial Exhibition, June 2011, recognition in jewelry