Rachel Thiewes was born in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1952. She received her BA in Art/Metals from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and her MFA in Art/Metals from Kent State University. Thiewes began teaching at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1976 and is a current member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She has also taught a Master class at the Royal College of Art in London in 1995. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. In 2009, she was named “Texas Master” by the Houston Center of Contemporary Craft and in 2010 was nominated for... more.

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