By the Bay Gallery in Morro Bay, California
By the Bay Gallery is open daily and featuring American crafts and fine jewelry since 1988
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Betsy Frost


"My style, in both jewelry and sculptural objects, reflects my love of dance and movement. I am attracted to sensual shapes and objects, and try to reflect this attraction in my work. I strive for fluidity in my pieces, and am constantly trying to 'reinvent a shape' by giving it movement with links or hinges. Shape and movement take precedence over surface texture and color.
I am inspired by artists such as Matisse and Degas, but also get ideas from my immediate surroundings - the shape of a flower, or the 'line' of a piece of furniture or other object. I am mesmerized by patterns in tapestry, wallpaper and carpet. When I'm talking to someone, I must confess, I'm usually studying the wallpaper or designs in the carpet, trying to envision the shapes as beautiful pieces of jewelry."

- Betsy Frost

 Betsy Frost grew up in North Bennington, Vermont, the eldest daughter of 10 children. She always thought she would be a doctor, as her father had been taking her along on his surgical rounds from the time she was six. But after a discouraging glimpse of the pre-med rigors at Williams College, Betsy majored in psychology instead.

After graduation from Williams in 1987, Betsy pursued a variety of interests. She waited tables in St. Thomas, danced her way around the world with "Up With People," and studied silversmithing in Sweden, and at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She later moved to Boston to be trained for a "real job" enrolling in a master's program in counseling psychology. While in graduate school, Betsy did marketing and sales for a computer company and continued taking classes in silversmithing. It didn't take her long to discover that she really wanted to design jewelry, so she quit the master's program and began studying at the Massachusetts College of Art.

Betsy graduated with a BA in Metals from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1996 and moved into a studio in an old mill building in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston. Using tools she inherited from the late Joan Grant, a silversmith and former riding friend, Betsy crafted her first collection. She was quickly accepted into juried wholesale and retail shows. Business has been booming ever since.

Betsy's designs are fluid - reflecting her early training in dance and gymnastics, and sensual - hinting at the female form. One could say her designs have an almost Scandinavian feel. Betsy prizes shape and movement over surface texture and color. She brings her jewelry alive with links and hinges in a way that is comfortable to wear, fun and aesthetically pleasing. She works primarily in sterling silver, and her pieces are either fabricated from sheet into hollow forms, or cast through the lost-wax casting process.

895 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442 | 805-772-5563 |
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