Holly is inspired by traditional metal working processes as well as by weaving, braiding and paper folding techniques
Holly Goeckler is a studio jeweler, metalsmith, and teacher. Currently she is a faculty member of the Art & Art History Department of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She attended the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) as an undergraduate, where she was a finalist in the Society of North American Goldsmiths' National Platinum Jewelry Design Competition in 1985. She received her M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois and took graduate level courses in Art History from Syracuse University and the Study Centre for Decorative Arts in London.
Holly has taught courses in metalworking and jewelry making at the college level, and for the community, in Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Texas. In 2002 she received a Niche award in the hollowware category, commemorating excellence and innovation in American and Canadian craft. She was also a finalist for the 2009 Niche award in the hollowware category, the 2012 Niche Award in both the gold jewelry and hollowware categories, and the 2014 Niche award in the gold with stones category.
Last year Holly was selected to participate in Craft Texas 2012, an exhibition showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft, hosted by the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. During the summer of 2012 she was an Artist-in-Residence in Vallauris, France. Most recently Holly was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award.
Her metalwork is informed by the natural world of plants and insects as well as the man-made world of buildings and bridges. She is inspired by traditional metal working processes, as well as weaving, braiding and paper folding techniques. Through the investigation of ancient jewelry designs, natural forms and mathematical patterns, Holly endeavors to celebrate the relationship between form and surface using traditional and non-traditional methods in the creation of her jewelry.