Growing up in a small traditional jade shop owned by family in China, Baiyang Qiu’s interest in jewelry making started at an early age. When she was little, Baiyang traveled with her parents to many remote areas including Tibet and Xinjiang, where all manner of colorful, precious stones were found and unearthed. The way the walls of the caves emitted mysterious light and colors of minerals and stones fascinated her. This primal attraction is forever a part of her memory.
Collecting the broken stones of damaged jewelry from the floor of the family’s workshop into a little treasure box, she always dreamed of creating her own jewelry.
After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, she started her jewelry practice. As an emerging jewelry artist, Baiyang creates contemporary studio jewelry to communicate concepts surrounding her.
Her work has been exhibited during the 2015 SNAG Conference, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show, Smithsonian Craft2Wear 2016, and has been included in the Art of Jewelry:Plastic & Resin by Lark Publications.
Baiyang was awarded first place in the 2015 MJSA Vision Award (1-3 years experiences), and the 2015 Niche Award in gold. In 2016, She was awarded first place of MJSA Vision Award in both professional excellence and Laser Distinction, and she was a JCK Rising Star.
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