"My work includes both jewelry and metal objects
that allow me to thematically combine two important areas of my
life, athletics and art. By incorporating movement and function
in these pieces, the participant is enticed to interact with them
on a more intimate and tactile level. The viewer can have fun with
the pieces by touching, playing, and manipulating the arrangement
of parts. The utilitarian function in my pieces draws the viewer
in and not only allows them, but often forces them to interact with
it. Developed around characteristics of toys and ritual or ceremonial
objects, these pieces can be used, manipulated and played with."
Lisa Slovis Mandel is a nationally recognized
metalsmith, jeweler, and teacher. She has exhibited in galleries,
museums, and at shows across the country, received a SNAG Educational
Endowment Grant, and several Niche Awards. She presently resides
in San Diego, California with her husband David and their boys,
Jacob and Gideon. Lisa teaches Metalsmithing and Design at Palomar College and Southwestern College, along with teaching workshops at various locations.
She received her BFA at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in
1995 and her MFA at San Diego State University in 1998.