Maria creates jewelry by combining new technologies with traditional craft skills and values. Her forms are inspired by structure in both the natural and built worlds. Driven by the exploration of the processes and materials, she builds virtual objects with CAD software that are materialized using 3D printing technologies. 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.
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 Editors Choice Award the World Maker Faire. She has also been an invited artist at Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Show, the American Craft Council Show, CraftBoston and Bijoux=Art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In 2017, Maria was awarded the Excellence in Jewelry prize at the 2017 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.