About the Artist
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I have always been attracted to artistic
endeavors as social commentary and as feasts for the eyes. My most effective work combines both beauty and
cultural meaning. My training in Anthropology
and Archaeology has helped me to refine my vision and methods of expression. My Academic and field studies have exposed me to
different cultures, both past and present, focusing my interest in the meeting of cultures
and human interaction. I find art to be the
most immediate and satisfying means of expressing and exploring these interests.
I have worked with pencil, pastels, all
types of paint, wood, cloth, glass, metal, and clay.
Now, with Silver and Gold Clays, I have found a medium that really speaks to
me and for me. Rather than an object
dart that hangs on a wall, this art becomes part of a persons declaration of
self-identity. Wearable art and personal
embellishment are an essential part of what makes us human and my efforts with metal clays
have allowed me to create pieces that express the wearers mood and sense of self.
Specializing in Archaeology, Material
Culture, and Museum Studies, I completed my PhD in Anthropology at the University of
California, Berkeley in 1998. I have made
teaching a significant part of my life and have been granted awards for my work with
students. I have over 10 years experience
teaching students of all ages in a variety of academic, artistic, and physical activities.
I have long held an
interest in popular and fine cultural arts and have trained in drawing, pastels, painting,
ceramics, jewelry making, dichroic glass, and, of course, silver clay. I have studied most recently with Dichroic Glass
Master John Brauchi and Silver Clay Masters Mary Ann and Ken Devos. I am currently a Senior Instructor in PMC+ for PMC
Connection and certified by the PMC Guild.
Ellin DAgostino, Ph. D.
San Pablo, CA 94806
Phone Phone 510-501-2378
by appointment only