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Pam in her studiojump to



BIOGRAPHY

Pamela Morris Thomford is an independent jeweler and metalsmith who
works from her studio in Perrysburg, Ohio.  She studied American and European literature and received a BA degree from Denison University. 
After raising four children, she resumed her education with studies in
Ceramics, at the University of Toledo, and Jewelry and Metals, at Bowling Green State University.

Pam has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally.  She has participated in exhibitions in San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and New
York, as well as England, Portugal, Norway and Japan.  Her work has
been included in many art and instructional publications.

Perhaps an influence of her literary background, Pam works in a narrative style.  Using sterling, copper and bronze, she incorporates a variety of
found objects to create not only one-of-a-kind art jewelry and small
sculptures, but also non-traditional objects of faith.      

Pam in her studio

EDUCATION

Graduate Studies in Jewelry and Metals
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio

Post Undergraduate Study of Visual Arts
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts (Literature)
Denison University
Granville, Ohio

Pam's studio

AWARDS

2008
Juror’s Award,
Materials: Hard & Soft, Meadows Gallery, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas

2007      
Karen Beswick Founders Award,
20th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mable House Arts Center, Mableton, Georgia

2006      
Rose M. Reder Memorial Award,
88th Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition,
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

2005      
Best of Show
, Pocketsize: Our Fascination with the Miniature, PostPicasso Online Art Exhibition
Myer and Selma Mellman Judaica Award, Contemporary Works of Faith, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
June Hauck Commemorative Award, Jewelry and Objects, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2003      
Special Merit Commendation,
Contemporary Works of Faith, Schumacher Gallery,  Columbus, Ohio
Michigan Silversmiths Guild Student Award, Jewelry and Objects 2003, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2002      
Eleanor Brand Award in Metal,
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2002, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and The Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio

2001      
C.R. Hill Award
, Jewelry and Objects Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
G. and S. Metals Award, Jewelry and Objects Exhibition, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2000      
Excellence in Metals
, Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2000, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Silverhawk Fine Craft Award, Personalized Website Award
Niche Student Award, Niche Magazine
Juror’s Award, 2000 Juried Student Brooch Exhibition, Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

1996      
Best of Show, 78th Annual Exhibition of the Toledo Area Artists, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Award for Excellence, Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 1996, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and The Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

1993      
Ohio Designer Craftsmen Jurors Award,
Contemporary Works of Faith, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Pam in her studio

EXHIBITIONS

2010

Ohio Designer Craftsmen's The Best of 2010, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; Owens Community College, Perrysburg, Ohio;
Lima Artspace, Lima, Ohio

2009

Perrysburg Artists Exhibit, Toledo Museum of Art Community Gallery, Toledo, Ohio (Invitational)
Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s The Best of 2009,
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio; Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio; Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Jewelry and Objects,
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI

2008      

Ohio Designer Craftsmen’ The Best of 2008
, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio; French Art Colony, Gallipolis,
Ohio
Materials: Hard & Soft, GDAC Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas

2007
      
Venturelli Exhibition,
Washington Street Gallery (WSG), Ann Arbor, Michigan
20th National Juried Art Exhibition, Mable House Arts Center, Mableton, Georgia
25th Annual Small Works Exhibition, Gallery 107, Cobleskill, New York
89thAnnual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Jewelry and Objects 2007, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2006
      

Craft Forms 2006,
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania
New Directions/New Connections, Washington Street Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan(Invitational)
88th Annual Exhibition of Toledo Area Artists, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
The Best of the Best of Exhibition, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio (Invitational)
Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s “The Best of 2006”, Artspace/Lima, Lima, Ohio; Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio
Greater Midwest International XXI Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO

2005      

Pocketsize: Our Fascination with the Miniature
, PostPicasso, Online Art Exhibition
Jewelry and Objects, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
23rd Annual National Small Works Exhibition, Tri County Arts Council Gallery, Cobleskill, New York
Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s “The Best of 2005”, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio; Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio
Anti-War Medals, Artists Respond to the War, FAD, Barcelona, Spain and Barents Spectacle, Kirkenes, Norway (Traveling Invitational Exhibition)
Concealment; Jewelry and Metal Art, PostPicasso, Online Art Exhibition             
Contemporary Works of Faith ’05, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Refined IV: Innovation, SFA Gallery, Nacogdoches, Texas
Educators/Educated: Jewelry and Metals in Ohio, Butler Institute of American Art, Trumbull Branch, Warren, Ohio; Cleveland Institute of Art,  Cleveland, Ohio (Traveling Invitational Exhibition)

2004 
     

The Art of Giving: Artists Interpret Tzdekah Boxes,
Janice Charach Epstein Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan (Invitational)
The Pill Box, Yaw Gallery, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (Invitational)
Educators/Educated: Jewelry and Metals in Ohio, Riffe Gallery, Columbus, Ohio (Traveling Invitational Exhibition)
Greater Midwest International Exhibition X1X, CMSU Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, Missouri
Wit and Wine, Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, Michigan (Invitational)
Jewelry that Transcends Wearable Art: Jewelry with Purpose, PostPicasso, Online Art Exhibition
Crafts National 38, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s The Best of 2004, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, and Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Toyohashi Exchange, Toyohashi City Museum, Toyohashi, Japan
Artists Baskets, Yaw Gallery, SOFA NYC, New York (Invitational)
Anti-War Medals, Artists Respond to the War, Electrum Gallery, London, England; Harstad Kunstforening, Harstad, Norway; (Traveling Invitational Exhibition)  
     
2003      

Festival of Lights: Artists Interpret the Hanukkiah Menorah Art Show
, Janice Charach Epstein Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan (Invitational)
Anti-War Medals, Artists Respond to the War, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, California (Traveling Invitational Exhibition)
Stop It, Yaw Gallery, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, and Dennos Museum,
Traverse City, Michigan (Invitational)                                            
Consuming Passion: Edible By Design, Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio (Invitational)
Liturgical Art Show, The Arts Castle, Delaware, Ohio (Invitational)
85th Annual Exhibition of Toledo Area Artists, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Jewelry and Objects 2003, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s “The Best of 2003”, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio, and The Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio
Contemporary Works of Faith ’03, Schumacher Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
Refined III: Small Forms in Precious Metals, Griffith Gallery, Nacogdoches, Texas

2002      

84th Annual Exhibition of the Toledo Area Artists,
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Metals 2002, Walter B. Ford II Building Atrium, Detroit, Michigan (Invitational)
Metals from Around the Midwest, Western Illinois University Art Gallery, Macomb, Illinois (Invitational)
Gifts of Art, Taubmen 3-D Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2002, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
SNAG Juried Student Slide Presentation, 2002 SNAG Conference, Denver, Colorado
Future Prospects, Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado
Innovative Tools for Personal Use: A 3-M Competition, Center for the Visual Arts, Denver, Colorado

2001      

New Makers/Fresh Visions
, Facere Art Jewelry Gallery, Seattle, Washington (Invitational)
Metals 2001, Space 237, Toledo Ohio (Invitational)
Postpicasso Virtual Gallery Internet Exhibition, www.postpicasso.com (Invitational)
SNAG National Student Juried Exhibition and Slide Show, Virginia Commonwealth University West Broad Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2001, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
33rd Annual Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal and Wood Exhibition, Octagon Center For The Arts, Ames, Iowa                                                 
La Petite IX, Alder Gallery, Coburg, Oregon
Yul-tensils, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Crafts National 2001, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Jewelry and Objects, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Glass, Clay, Wood, Metals and Fiber: The Art of Contemporary Crafts, John Weatherhead Gallery, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Invitational)
The Second Annual Miami Metals Intercollegiate, Juried Exhibition, Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

2000      

Second Annual Menorah Exhibition
, Somerset Collection South, Troy, Michigan (Invitational)
New Wave: Emerging Views, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Crafts National 34, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2000, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
Metals 2000, Warren Robbins Center Gallery, University of Michigan School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Fifteenth Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition, Art Center Gallery, Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Missouri
The 2000 Juried Brooch Exhibition, Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
Fifth Annual Silverhawk Fine Crafts Internet Exhibition, www.silverhawk5.com/thomford

1999      

Magic and Ritual: Hanukkiah’s Through Contemporary Eyes
, Steinbaum Krauss Gallery, New York, New York, and The Jewish Museum, Boca Raton, Florida (Invitational)
The Knife, The Fork, The Spoon as Serving Pieces, Yaw Gallery, SOFA NYC, New York, and J. Cotter Gallery, Vail, Colorado (Invitational)
Coming into View: Emerging Craft Artists in Ohio, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and Stocker Center Gallery, Elyria, Ohio (Invitational)
20th Century International Arts Fair, Park Avenue Armory, New York, New York, and Yaw Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Time Will Tell, Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, Virginia
SNAG Conference Exhibition, Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, Missouri
Talismans For the Coming Millennium, Emerson Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri
Crafts National 33, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 1999, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
Playful Intent, Mae Whitaker Gallery at Craft Alliance, St. Louis, Missouri

1998      

Ohio
Craft Invitational Show 28, The Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, Ohio (Invitational)
Society of North American Goldsmith’s National Juried Student Exhibition, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Michigan Metalsmithing 1998: 50 Year Anniversary, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 1998, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and the Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio

1997      

79th Annual Exhibition of the Toledo Area Artists
, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Materials: Hard and Soft, Center for Visual Arts, Denton, Texas
Crafts National 31, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 1997, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and The Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio
Visions of the Soul: An Invitational Exhibition, ArtSpace/Lima, Lima, Ohio (Invitational)
19th Biennial Regional Exhibition, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend, Indiana
SNAG Juried Student Slide Presentation, 1997 SNAG Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Tenth Anniversary, Roots of Diversity Multicultural Art Show, Owens Illinois Gallery, Toledo, Ohio
Twelfth Annual Greater Midwest International Exhibition, Central Missouri State University Gallery, Warrensburg, Missouri

1996      

Materials: Hard and Soft-Tenth Annual Exhibition
, Center for Visual Arts, Denton, Texas
78th Annual Exhibition of the Toledo Area Artists, The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 1996, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio and The Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

PUBLICATIONS

2009

Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist, December 2009 issue
"Recycling Into Jewelry", by Sharon Elaine Thompson
Pam is one of four artists interviewed about the use of found objects.


2008

Art Jewelry Today 2

Jeffrey Snyder, Editor
Schiffer Publishing

2007
               
New Directions in Metal Clay
James Knight, Editor
Lark Books

500 Metal Vessels
Marthe Le Van, Editor
Lark Books

2006
              
500 Baskets
Susan Mowery Kieffer, Editor
Lark Books

The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry
Martha LeVan, Editor
Lark Books

2005

Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects

Martha LeVan, Editor  
Lark Books                 

2004               

1000 Rings

Robert Ebendorf, Juror
Lark Books

The Craft of Silversmithing

Alex P. Austin, Editor
Lark Books

Art Jewelry Today
Dona Meilach, editor
Schiffer Publishing

MEMBERSHIPS

Society of North American Goldsmiths

Michigan Silversmiths Guild

Ohio Designer Craftsmen

Society of American Silversmiths
(Artisan Member)

 

 
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