Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild Selects Inaugural Award Recipient

Exotic Metal Artist Mary Ann Scherr Awarded for Eight Decades of Innovation

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild awarded its inaugural The Laurel – for Perpetuation of Design Mastery & Mentorship Award to exotic metal artist Mary Ann Scherr.

Mary Ann Scherr, Exotic Metal Artist

Mary Ann Scherr, Exotic Metal Artist

Scherr is a critically acclaimed craft artist and long-time supporter of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild. After launching her career as a graphic artist for the U.S. Navy during WWII she moved to The Ford Motor Company as an interior and accessory designer. Later she ventured into fashion design and then into toy design, eventually pioneering the world of exotic metal jewelry. Scherr is best known for her creative and patented body monitoring jewelry, capable of monitoring the wearer’s heart rate.

Still an innovator today, Scherr focuses on her fine jewelry creations and teaches at N.C. State University. Her pieces are included in the private collections of the Duke of Windsor, Liz Claiborne, Chelsea Clinton and Andy Warhol.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Guild for my craft,” said Mary Ann Scherr. “I am delighted to be included in this community of fine designers continuing to cultivate the world of handmade craft art for North Carolina and the southeast region.”

The Guild awards The Laurel to the fine craft artist who has demonstrated distinction, creativity and design forward vision in his/her craft discipline; exercised a minimum of 10 years making a living as a career craft artist; demonstrated a proven track record of educating others to enliven and inspire within his/her discipline; been exceptionally supportive and had positive impact upon artists living and working in North Carolina and achieved broader recognition through publication or membership in a trade organization related to his/her craft.

“Mary Ann Scherr is a gift to the design world and we are so proud to honor her during this year’s Carolina Artisan Craft Market. We take great pride in honoring the excellence of our artists, and Mary Ann embodies the spirit of mastery and mentorship of The Laurel,” said Guild Executive Director Amy Etheridge.

The Guild will host 114 craft artists during the annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market Nov. 6 – 8 at its new home inside the Raleigh Convention Center. Day and weekend passes are on sale now. Visit for more information.

The Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit based in Raleigh, N.C., provides a lucrative marketplace for the finest traditional and contemporary crafts in the Southeast. The Guild recognizes and promotes fine craft, including original and handmade clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, wood, printmaking, photography and mixed media works of function and art. Its annual Carolina Artisan Craft Market, traditionally held in November in Raleigh, provides a premier regional showcase for exhibiting members and emerging artists to display their work and for art enthusiasts of every taste and budget to shop. Since 1970, the Guild has supported and perpetuated the professional pursuit of design and craftsmanship, encouraged opportunities for artistic growth and promoted education in and appreciation of the art of fine craft. For more information, visit the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild website at

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