Maria Eife is a Philadelphia- based jewelry artist. She has exhibited across the United States and in Europe, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Seiraad Art Fair and had a solo show at Jeweler Werk Galerie in 2016. Her work has been published in Lark Books 500 Felt Objects and American Craft Magazine. In 2011, she was awarded the Editor's Choice Award at the World Maker Faire. She has also been an invited artist at Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Show, the American Craft Council, Craft Boston and Bijoux=Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Maria received a BFA in Jewelry/Metals/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in 2000.
"I create jewelry by combining new technologies with traditional craft skills and values. My forms are inspired by structure in both the natural and built worlds. I am also driven by the exploration of the processes and materials I use in the creation of form. I build virtual objects with CAD software that are materialized using 3D printing technologies, and the variables in each step inform the final piece. The objects may be cast in precious metals, dyed and/or combined with other materials to create elegant, playful and complex adornments that compliment the wearer and engage the viewer."