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Helene Safire

England 1936

Luce Artist Quote

“Working with gold and silver has given me so much joy: I can feel metal responding to my touch whether I am sawing, hammering, soldering, or polishing; and when the piece comes to life, my heart leaps.” Artist’s statement, Liberty Museum Web site

Luce Artist Biography

Helene Safire creates jewelry from glass and metal and has won several commissions, including a belt buckle for former first lady Nancy Reagan. She started her career as a metalsmith, but in the 1990s a visit to the flameworking studio at  North Carolina’s Penland School of Crafts inspired her to begin working in glass. She has visited many schools around the country, including Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, learning new techniques and working with other artists.