Sandra Enterline is a jeweler and metalsmith whose work centers around her focus on delicacy, preciousness, and half-visible objects through small perforations. Enterline creates small, subtle, and strong sculptural jewelry that often incorporate semi precious gemstones, insects, vials, eggs, shells, and other found objects.
Born in Oil City, PA,1960, Enterline attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Crafts where she graduated with an A.A. in jewelry and metalsmithing in 1980. She then received her B.F.A. in Metalsmithing at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983. At the beginning of her practice, Enterline mainly crafted spheres, before choosing to elongate her forms to a more egg-like shape. Enterline’s work now consists of a wide variety of shapes, spanning from cones, totems, medallions, stars, eggs, and spheres, each consisting of biomorphic geometry that is comprised of both the natural world and mathematics.
Starting in 1991 through 1992, Enterline held professor and visiting artists positions, teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She currently is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Art University, the California College of the Arts, and more.
Enterline has been the recipient of various honors including Grand Prize Winner of the Crocker Kingsley 73rd Exhibition, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (1988, 1992), and the Gold Award, Ornament Magazine, Excellence in Jewelry Winner (2005). Enterline’s work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the State Hermitage Museum, Russia.