Robert Ebendorf was born in 1938 in Topeka, Kansas. He received his BFA in 1960, his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967-71) and State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88). In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in crafts and Commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past -president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum (England), the British Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, Le Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, National Museum of Wales, Schmuck Museum, Pforzheim, Germany, Museum of Art and Design New York, New York and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven Connecticut to name a few. He taught at East Carolina University (1998-2016) where he served as the Belk Distinguished Professor in the Arts for many of those years. The Smithsonian institution invited him to participate in its Archives of American Art Oral History Program. He was awarded the 2010 North Carolina Governor’s Award as well as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from SNAG. He is currently Professor Emeritus and enjoying “retirement” in Santa Fe, NM.
Bryan Petersen received his B.A. in Metalsmithing at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and an M.F.A. in Metals, from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art teaching Beginning and Advanced Metalsmithing classes at Montana State University. He has taught at The Arthur Morgan School, Georgia Southern University, Arrowmont, Ghost Ranch, and The Bear Canyon School of Art and Craft. His work is published in Lark books, Fabulous Jewelry From Found Objects, Hollan Publishers book, Mixed Media Collage Jewelry: New Directions in Memory Jewelry, A&C Black's Jewellery From Recycled Materials, and Lark Books Iron Wire Jewelry.