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Artist Returns to Town for Dundas Studio Tour

Artist Returns to Town for Dundas Studio Tour

Metals artist returns to town for annual studio tour

 Allyson Wenzowski, Special To The News
Published on Sep 30, 2010

Jeweller Elisabeth Soppelsa returns to Dundas as a guest artist on this year’s Dundas Studio Tour.
A precious metals artist, working primarily in gold and silver, Soppelsa’s work is striking and imbued with a clean simplicity. During the Studio Tour, she will be showing at the studio of potter Jane Hill, Studio 6 on the Studio Tour map.

For Soppelsa, her works are highly personal.

“My work is not meant to just decorate the wearer,” she said. “Rather, I want to tell the wearer stories about having dreams, sorrows and joys and accepting oneself as a small piece in a large frame.”

Born and raised in a small town in Switzerland, Soppelsa studied jewel-making and design at the School of Applied Art in Zurich before immigrating to Canada. She has worked as a jewelry designer for more than four decades and has won many awards, such as the Hamilton Arts Council Prize of Excellence, the Designer Craft Award, and the Burlington Art Centre first-prize, best jewelry, to name only a few. She has exhibited in a number of galleries both in Canada and in Switzerland.

“Through my work I am able to explore harmony and beauty and, hopefully, provide enchantment and tranquility to the wearer.”

For the tour, Soppelsa will show a selection of her unique one-of–a-kind pieces, including necklaces, broaches and rings.

The Dundas Studio Tour runs on Oct. 2 and 3 from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. daily. The tour features seven different artist studios and 24 artists with a variety of food tasting, recipes, table-setting inspiration, pottery, weaving, textiles, jewelry, blown glass, and more. The Dundas Museum’s Doctor’s Office will again be a Dundas Studio Tour location, along with doll artist Monika Shedden.

Admission is free and each studio offers a draw for a special prize. For more information, call 905-379-7353  or visit

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