Avery Lucas received her MFA in Jewelry/Metals at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2012. Lucas is currently a studio artist, teacher, production jeweler, and mold maker in Rhode Island.
She has taught metals and design at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Rhode Island College. Lucas has also lectured and taught workshops at East Carolina University, Rhode Island College, State University of New York, New Paltz, Metalwerx, and at the Fuller Craft Museum. In addition to being a Niche Award finalist, her metal work won “Best Of” Contemporary Art Month for a featured exhibition at Equinox.
"My studio practice is a push and pull of tool marks against copper as I cultivate my relationship between material and my own hands. I use the iconography of the body as rendered through drawing, forming, repousse, and chasing. The very act of mark making creates an opposing duality between the hard metal and the emotion conveyed within the rendered gesture. My jewelry and sculpture make contact with the viewer or wearer though the rendering of hand gestures and skin as a way to create empathy. The work is a catalog of my own kinesthetic understanding and analysis of human emotion. As a maker, I rely on my own two hands to define and articulate a space within which to define my own capacity for feeling and understanding."
- Avery Lucas