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Douglas Steakley Portrait

Douglas Steakley

Ashtabula, Ohio 1944

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Luce Artist Quote

“[Metals] provide a medium which I feel is open-ended in that I can progressively and continually improve my design and technique.” Douglas Steakley, 1975

Luce Artist Biography

Douglas Steakley began making jewelry after he saw some earrings for sale in a San Francisco shop and decided he could make work that was just as good. He bought a few tools and books on metalsmithing and taught himself the basic techniques. He went on to study jewelry design and silversmithing at Indiana University and traveled to Denmark in 1974 to learn hollowware techniques. Steakley’s objects reflect the simple, pared-down designs of modern European silver makers.