Mary Filapek &
Lou Ann Townsend
We create fun, modern jewelry intended to delight. Everything is designed and hand crafted by us in our studio. Our current body of work is inspired by architecture, geometry, texture and patterns in form and color.
Our work is born from a collaboration that is always evolving in its details. We thrive on the development of work through a constant exchange of ideas and the perpetually growing vision of our joint body of work.
Our choice of materials include sterling silver, and powdercoated base metals.
Our collaboration began while attending the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque where we were both completing BFAs. We have shown our work in galleries, museum exhibitions, art festivals, craft shows and exhibitions in print. We currently live in North Carolina and have been collaborating for over 20 years.
We have been honored to receive the following awards:
Best in Show - Madison Art Fair on the Square - 2018
Award of Excellence - Piedmont Craftsmen - 2016
Featured Artist - Madison Art Fair on the Square - 2016
Award of Excellence – Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council – 2015
Invitational Award – Madison Art Fair on the Square – 2014
Regional Artist Project Grant - Cabarrus County NC - 2011-2012
Second Place Jewelry - Sausalito Art Festival - 2010
Best of Jewelry - Des Moines Arts Festival - 2006
Award of Excellence - American Craft Council - St. Paul - 2006
Best of Open Catagory - Brookside Art Annual - 2006
2nd Place - St. Louis Artfair - 2005
Award of Excellence - Piedmont Craftsmen - 2005
Our Work Appears in the following publications:
Masters: Polymer Clay – 2010
– Curated by Rachel Carren, PhD, Published by Lark Books
1,000 Rings, Inspiring Adornments for the Hand – 2004
– Edited by Marthe Le Van, Published by Lark Books
400 Polymer Clay Designs, A Collection of Dynamic and Colorful Contemporary Work
– 2004 – Edited by Suzanne J. Tourtillott, Published by Lark Books