Heredia, Designer Metalsmith - Repousse Artist
Rocio Heredia is an artist of the Mexican Contemporary Generation. Rocio uses traditional metalsmithing techniques of Chasing and Repoussé to raise intricate designs on silver, gold, copper, brass and tin. She holds a degree in Psychology, and currently divides her time between Metalwork and professional website creation. Rocío has been the recipient of recognition and awards for skillful and passionately realized themes. Rocío was choosen to receive the 2004 Dorothy MacKenzie Annual Purchase Award from Bowling Green State University Foundation, Inc. The piece purchased by BGSU is a repoussé work titled, "King David", which became part of the permanent collection of the jewelry and metalsmithing area in the School of Art, BGSU. Rocío received a Grant for an Artist in Residence at Metal Werx Jewelry/Metalarts School through the Metal Werx Education Scholarship Inc [MESI]. She has studied with Valentin Yotkov (NYC), Dolores Valenza (NYC), Sumner Silverman (Martha's Vineyard, MA); Ann Hollerbach, Ann Cahoon, Jennifer Mank and Joan Dulla at Metal Werx in Waltham, MA. She has passed her craft along by teaching Chasing and Repousse Techniques at the Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH), Dolores Valenza Studio (New York, NY), Stockton Jewelry Arts School (Stockton, CA), Metal Werx Jewerly & Metalarts School (Waltham, MA), among others. She has been Guest Artist of the Month, December 2001 (Juried Show) at BTDesign Art Gallery (Faenza, Italy) scoring second place in Best Artworks and Best Artsite and third in the Master of 2001 Award. She interviews many of the guest artists for this Gallery. Her works are in private and public collections in Mexico, the United States, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, Spain and Italy.