Lori Gottlieb Biography
"I believe my jewelry helps you to project your best self every day. If you feel good about the way you look you will do great things"
Lori Gottleib has been interested in the arts all of her life. Growing up she created wall hangings, played the flute, danced in a local ballet company, and studied ceramics and silversmithing. However, it was her love for science and the workings of the human body that led her to her first career as a surgeon. But that did not stop her from taking classes at Baltimore Clayworks and the Maryland Institute College of Art to pursue her interests in ceramics and jewelry.
After 15 years as a surgeon her eyesight began to fail. Multiple operations were not enough to clear her blurry vision so she had to reassess her life. Working with her hands as a surgeon gave her the skills to develop her interest in jewelry making. Just as important, as a jeweler she could open her own studio and work during the times of day when the ointment she used to clear her eyes enabled her to work.
Over time Lori learned to design around her disability. Avoiding straight lines she creates pieces that move in tandem with the body. Her work is usually described as lyrical and fluid. According to an article in American Style magazine, her jewelry pairs great attention to detail with the total embrace of imperfection. Lori thinks of her work as sketches. She doesn't intend to execute a perfectly straight line or capture a flower exactly as it blooms. She intends to be representational. Everything she does has some kind of movement or curves.
Lori is inspired by the world she explores on her bike. She looks for the layers of texture in the bark of a tree, the flutter of leaves in the air, the swirl of pebbles at the edge of a stream. She enjoys the curves in the road and the sinuous path of rivers and streams. According to Lori, it is as if there is a little camera in my head capturing images as I roll by a little out of focus, with blurry edges. Her jewelry is a reflection of the world around her. Precisely imprecise, which is just the point.