Jewelry & Metalsmithing
Tracey Belt first encountered jewelry making in an elective metalsmithing course while studying at the University of New Mexico. She was drawn immediately and completely to the craft that would become her career and passion. Initially intrigued by different metals and patinas, she then went on to pursue her curiosity for color by studying the process of lampworking. This is how she learned to make the glass beads that are now the signature of her glass and metal designs. While still in college Tracey began selling her work and her path as a professional artist had begun. She graduated in 1997 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Fine Art. Tracey later attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to study with renowned enamelist Harlan Butt, where she gained in depth information of the innovations of the ancient craft of enameling.
Tracey opened up a whole new world for me! Inspiring and Fun.
Her teaching was always clear, and each day there were ah haa moments as we understood her way of layering the knowledge she was sharing with us. She kept up with our interests and abilities beautifully, zipping ahead when she could see we got it, and slowing up when it was needful.