MORPHOLOGIE:

The Artist & Process

TRACY BURLISON
Jewelry Artist

I remember my Dad had to lift me up and over the display case so I could see King Tut's death mask. It's the first time I realized an object could have its own soul.

                               ~Tracy Burlison~

Tracy relocated to Summerville in 2016, which provided her access to expand her personal fossil collection. In an effort to understand Charleston's rich geological history, she reached out to CFA for help in identifying her collection. It was after a chance conversation with Ashby that plans were made to create a new custom jewelry line specifically designed for CFA called MORPHOLOGIE. 

 

During her youth, Tracy spent much of her time outside playing in the creeks of Illinois. She would spend hours on end picking out crinoid stems from her limestone rock driveway or four-leaf clovers from the yard. Much like any kid, she was fascinated with dinosaurs. 

 

It was also during her youth that her parents took her to see the King Tut exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago. It served to foster a lifelong love affair with Egyptology and the artwork of the period. "I remember my Dad had to lift me up and over the display case so I could see Tut's death mask," she said. "It's the first time I realized that an object could have its own soul."

 

Tracy began silversmithing after taking a few private lessons, but for the most part is self-taught.  She previously sold her work through the Columbia Museum of Art.

 

She enjoys reading the science fiction/fantasy genre and some of her favorite authors are Juliet Marillier and Gail Z. Martin. She's a proud dog mom to two American Eskimo Spitzes. When she's not in the studio, you might find Tracy collecting on some of the area's beaches.

Check back soon for notes on the silversmithing process!

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