Robert Ebendorf is a master jewelry maker in America today. His work is famed for his imaginative combining of disparate materials. In this neckpiece, [Necklace, SAAM, 1984.53] Ebendorf marries gold, silver, ebony, and amber in a colorful display. There is a boldness to this neckpiece that is typical of Ebendorf's aesthetic. At the same time, the piece is light-years from the tradition of fine jewelry making that uses sumptuous gemstones and precious metals for glittering effect and enhancement of social status. Ebendorf's work is the antithesis of ostentation and conspicuous consumption.
Kenneth Trapp The Renwick at Twenty-Five (Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, 1997) at http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/renwick25/index.html.
Robert Ebendorf has been teaching, promoting, and creating jewelry for forty years. He was a founding member and the second president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), an organization of jewelers and metalsmiths. The artist says he is “amazed” that “from the time I went off to college to study art, I’ve been doing what has been my passion and what I love.” Currently living in North Carolina, Ebendorf continues to teach and to make jewelry that redefines the term, often using varied materials including paper, text, and collage.