Studio hosts Women and Metal showcase

by: SUBMITTED - The works of Elizabeth Emerson, like this ring, will be featured at Trios' Studio.Trios’ Studio in Lake Oswego is gearing up for its latest exhibition of female metalsmiths, titled “Women and Metal: Forging Ahead.” The showcase is set to run July 12 through Aug. 11.

The event celebrates the work of three emerging female metalsmiths: Elizabeth Emerson, Devi Morris and Peggy Foy. The event kicks off with an artists’ reception on July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The purpose of the event will be to display the work of these three emergent female metalsmiths to the general public. Mary Wong, one of Trios’ three jewelry designers and metalsmiths, said that this is the first time Trios has hosted such an event.

Wong co-manages Trios’ Studio with Deborah Spencer and Kathe Mai. All three women are not only jewelry makers and metalsmiths themselves but are also mentors to younger artists, including the three women featured in the exhibition.

Mentoring is especially important in passing on the tradition of metalsmithing to a younger generation.

Spencer shared her experience with mentoring and how it affected her career, saying that, “We have each had artisans and teachers in our past that provided us with the opportunity to nurture the passion that has brought us each to where we are today. Giving that opportunity to these gifted women is a mission for us.”

Morris, one of the three artists featured in the show, said Spencer’s mentoring has had a large influence on her

work and that both Spencer and Wong “have given me valuable advice about technique, the industry and ways to push and improve my designs.”

Emerson, another artist featured in the show, described her style as “simple with clean, natural curves.”

The third artist, Foy, said she doesn’t have a specific goal for her artwork. Instead, she hopes “to make work that is meaningful to people.”

Trios’ Studio specializes in custom design and restyling of family jewelry and is located at 3 Monroe Parkway, suite I. For more information about “Women and Metal: Forging Ahead” or the studio in general, call 503-496 1285 or visit

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