Tina Rath

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2019
Published: 12.02.2020
Tina Rath Tina Rath

Tina’s fluid practice includes jewelry, drawings, prints and objects. She completed her studies at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (BFA) and in Amsterdam at The Sandburg Instituut (MFA). She augmented her passion to engage and explore ideas through conversation and object making by teaching. She was Associate Professor at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and was the Chair of the Department of Metalsmithing and Jewelry for a combined total of eight years. She also held short term positions at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Tina is passionate about supporting the field of contemporary studio jewelry through education and awareness. She served as president of the Bay Area Metal Arts Guild in Northern California as well as served four years on the board of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Tina currently works in a bright and active collective studio she developed in Oakland, CA that serves to support young jewelers in their budding careers as they transition from school. Her work can be seen in numerous books and magazines and in the permanent collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York and The Mint Museum in North Carolina.


My ideas move fluidly between contemporary studio jewelry, drawing and printmaking. The work is often durational, sometimes mentally demanding and always executed with a high attention to detail and a deep interest in process. I create distinct bodies of work with the thread of the original spiritual intent of jewelry running through. I prefer natural materials that have stood the test of time and I am interested in the inherent beauty and “life force” that exists in exotic hardwoods, leathers, metal and gemstones to name a few. Obsessed with time, my approach often includes repetitive movements or marks that result in forms that build up and come to resolution over time and are labor intensive. Sometimes this results in accumulations that serve to focus and concentrate my mind allowing for a momentary sense of timelessness or deep stillness.

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Fair  13 Mar 2019 - 17 Mar 2019  Schmuck 2019.
Exhibition  14 Jul 2018 - 05 Aug 2018  The Order of Beauty by Tina Rath.
Exhibition  03 Mar 2016 - 06 Mar 2016  Sienna Patti Contemporary at Pulse New York 2016.
Fair  31 May 2007 - 03 Jun 2007  SOFA New York 2007.
Fair  02 Jun 2005 - 05 Jun 2005  Sofa New York 2005.

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Book:  Tina Rath: Amphiboly. SG Press:  Lenox, MA,  2014