Trained as a graphic designer and printmaker, Biba Schutz has been a practicing, self-taught metalsmith and jeweller for more than 20 years. She is well known for combining unexpected materials with metal, and began incorporating glass into her jewelry designs in 2012. Living and working in New York City, she is attracted to the challenge of materials and processes to create work that investigates the body. Building a place of mystery, dimension, fluidity and intrigue, Schutz’s pieces are objects that engage conversation and emotions. The are designed in close relationship to the body, both physically and emotionally. Schutz has recently been playing with combining and integrating, using a mix of materials – mica, handmade papers, metals and raw materials – that together make the whole. A way for her to metaphorically tackle the issue of immigration, a current and burning topic in the United States and an issue she increasingly feels frustrated about.
Schutz’s works can be found in the collections of the Racine Art Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C, Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, Corning Museum of Glass, Newark Museum of Art and Rotasa Foundation. She has received the Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council in 2008 and the Award of Excellence in Jewelry at the Smithsonian Craft Show in 2009. Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and group shows.