2022 Board Members
CoMA is run by a volunteer board. We are all metalsmiths of varying stripes and believe that connecting artists is the key to a building and maintaining our vibrant metal arts community in Colorado. Board members are elected at the Annual All Members meeting for two year terms even if they are appointed when positions become vacant before our Annual Meeting. If you are interested in joining the board or volunteering in another capacity (we can always use help!), contact our President, Kim Harrell, at email@example.com.
I am a silversmith and jewelry artist who makes distinctly textured and clean-lined jewelry and silverware using precious metals and occasionally combined with unconventional materials such as felt, rubber and steel. I studied at the London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design where I obtained a B.A. in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts. I am a Denver native and currently reside in Aurora, CO where I run my studio and teach at The Art Students League of Denver. My work is available at RA Modern in Crested Butte; Mountain Home in Evergreen, and form+concept in Santa Fe, NM. My work is in several private collections in the USA and Europe. The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver acquired a set of my spoons in their permanent collection.
I volunteer with CoMA because I love being part of a group of metalheads! It is such an important aspect of sustaining connection with colleagues, learning new things, sharing our knowledge and giving a hand up to the next generation.
As the daughter of two parents who owned their own businesses, I knew being an entrepreneur was in my blood. In October 2018, that destiny became a reality and Chrissy Liu Jewelry was created. In search for a creative outlet after leaving my career as an oncology healthcare administrator to be a stay at home mom, I took my first metalsmithing class in 2018 and was instantly hooked. As an avid lover of fashion and jewelry, I have always been drawn to bold pieces. My love for big and bold stems from the fact that I am five feet tall and it drives me crazy when fashion dos and don'ts put parameters on what I should or shouldn’t be wearing because of my size. As I learned to create jewelry, I naturally gravitated toward making bold pieces and being a new mom one of my primary goals was to make pieces that were wearable as well.
I am a member and volunteer with COMA to connect and network with this community, to learn and grow as a jewelry designer and business owner, and to use my skills and experience to help this great organization.
I’m a metalsmith working in silver, gold, and luscious stones. I love the process – give me fire and red-hot metal any day. I also have to keep making jewelry to support my stone-buying obsession.
I love contributing to COMA because I have received so much from them it is time to give back!
I am mostly inspired by the things I find in nature, and how humans interact with nature. My bodies of work span many genres, but I have always been rooted in the natural world, and human interaction. My art bounces happily through different mediums, exploring possible media of each discipline. Finding the world of metal was the best discovery of my life. I am always looking for ways to combine all of my passions to create art. I graduated Colorado State University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Art, focusing in Education and Metals Studio Practice. Currently, I am a member, shop captain, instructor, and studio holder at the Tinkermill in Longmont, CO. This is where you will find me most of the time!
I wanted to become a member of the board for CoMA because I believe this association provides valuable service to the metalsmithing community, new comers and veterans alike. Without their undying devotion to the craft and social connections, the metalsmiths of Colorado and beyond would be islands in a sea. CoMA helps to bring us together to share our work and ideas, inspire each other and learn. They are alive with the growth mindset and I want to be part of that, now and into the future.
I describe myself as a jewelry artist as well as a teacher of jewelry and lapidary techniques. I got into making jewelry when I was in college at Bowling Green State University. There I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Three Dimensional Studies with my focus being on jewelry and metalsmithing. After graduation I moved to Colorado to apprentice with Michael Boyd and later became his full time assistant. I worked for Michael for nearly 9 years working for myself on the side trying to build a collection of my own. In 2018 I went completely on my own for jewelry making and partnered with Michael in
opening the Colorado Center for Metal Arts where we teach classes and host
workshops in jewelry and lapidary techniques.
Liz honed her skills while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in small metals and sculpture. Inspired by the world around her, she continued her education with a Masters in Cultural Studies. Liz’s extensive experience in metal work includes welding, blacksmithing, and a career in sculpture conservation, including working at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Musem. Her teaching background ranges from first grade art classes to private jewelry lessons and has spanned over a decade. Currently she teaches a variety of inspiring metal art classes at Art Students League Denver, Silver Peak Studio, and Denver Tool Library.
I want to be a part of CoMA for connection to other like minded creatives and share my passion for learning.
Board Support - Administrative Assistant
In December 2019, at the age of 43, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from MSU-Denver with a focus in drawing and ceramics. It was a goal of mine to finish my degree before my youngest of three children graduated high school (I graduated 1 semester before she did). While in school, and for 1.5 years after, I worked for the Center for Visual Art in Denver, CO as a Gallery Assistant, Student Curator, and Gallery Coordinator. During that time, I fell in love with supporting other artists. I have 20 years of administrative experience which spans a broad spectrum of industries. This new opportunity with CoMA allows me to utilize my administrative skills and satisfies that love of supporting other artists, as I build my own art practice.