The Artist Marla S. Rudnick
 My interest in fibers drew me into weaving wire in my work with sterling, fine silver and other non-ferrous metals. My knitted metal work has evolved from a basic understanding of the craft to an investigation of how knitting techniques can be integrated into functional jewelry. I look for interesting ways to combine fiber techniques with metal incorporating forging and free form casting in addition to traditional metal techniques in my work. The beauty of these pieces is enhanced by pearls, unique stones and beads. From an early age I was "home schooled" in art. My mother, Libby Rudnick, is an accomplished artist who trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. My mom can switch from realistic pencil sketches to oils to clay sculpture with ease. She took me to most of the art shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art when I was a child. She also let me zoom around the University Museum (Philadelphia, PA) and observe a plethora of archaeological treasures. I have studied at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and The Craft Alliance in St. Louis, MO. I learned knitting in as a young girl and learned to work with non ferrous metals as a student at Lower Merion High School (Ardmore, PA). In 2002 I put knitting and silver together. I've enjoyed experimenting ever since. Marla was a Resident Artist at VisArts in Rockville, MD from 2009-2012. She is also a member of The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths and the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild. Her work can be purchased at The Wesleyan Potters in Middletown, CT, The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA and other venues.
Awards
Creative Craft Council of Washington, DC 2008 Honorable Mention - Petals - necklace Creative Craft Council of Washington,DC 2009 FASG Award - Transition - Necklace Creative Craft Council of Washington, DC 2011 Innovation Award - Solar - Wall Sculpture MetalWork 2014 Jurors Recognition Creative Craft Council of Washington, DC 2015 Honorable Mention - Woven 1 - Pendant