LeAnne Marquis
Artist Statement, Bio & Awards

Artist Statement: My jewelry consists of mixed metals such as copper, brass, bronze, sterling and fine silver. To create my 'fire painted' jewelry I use a torch on a jewelry grade copper sheet in a 11 step process I have developed over 13 years. I guide the flame to bring out the glorious patterns and luminous hues naturally hidden in the copper. There are no patinas used. I search the fire painted sheets to select shapes and designs on the sheet to hand cut my 'fire paintings'. I cut my shapes using a jeweler's saw or shears and many times incorporate semi precious gemstones set in fine silver to compliment the colors of the copper. I implement hot and cold metal-smithing techniques such as soldering, bezel setting, riveting, wire-wrapping and torch fusing. Although I have mastered the technique of guiding the flame, no two pieces may ever be duplicated due to the wild nature of flame on copper. It truly has a mind of it’s own. My love of color and shape guide my inspiration and I love the anticipation of surprise every time the colors emerge.


The Roycroft Copper Shop, Chur Gallery, East Aurora, NY

Artist Bio:
University of Hartford, CT, Art School.
BA Fine Art, Magna Cum Laude,1986.
Concentrations in Painting and Sculpture.
Independent Study w/ Master Pastelist Albert Handell.
Metal Smithing Studies with Sharon Jeter.

Selected to Design & Create Jewelry for 2019 Inductees of:
The National Women's Hall of Fame, Induction Ceremony. September, 2019

Show Awards:
Past 3 years:
2019, Arts Beats & Eats, Royal Oak, Michigan. Voted, Customer Favorite, 3rd place of 180 National Artists.

Juried Jewelry Category Awards at the following shows:
Venice-Nokomis, FL 2020
Hot Works, West Palm Beach, FL, 2020
Colorscape, Norwich, NY, 2019
Corning, NY Glassfest, 2019
New Hope, PA Fine Art and Craft Show, 2018 & 2017
Syracuse, NY ACU Fine Art and Craft Show, 2018
Lewiston, NY Fine Art and Craft Show, 2017
100 American Craftsmen, Keenan Center, NY 2017
Artists Row, Rochester, NY 2017
Saccon Creek, PA, Fine Art and Craft Show, 2017