Tracey Beale is a Baltimore-based experimental metalsmith and jewelry designer, exploring new and traditional methods of jewelry making, and metal wall art. Her work is a collection of modern relics rooted in spirituality.
Tracey combines sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold with sentimental and found objects such as, shattered glass, ashes, flowers, concrete and, manipulated solder. She uses jewelry design as a method of storytelling, capturing the simple and complex experiences of life, power, transformation, joy, death and self-examination.
“Metal is beautiful and God-made, it has a lifetime longer than the one we're living. Working with metal feels is like creating a legacy.”
She received the 2019 Metal & Smith Diamond Award for Best Use of Alternative Metals. Her work was shown in the All That Glitters exhibition at the Kellogg Fowler Arts Center in Chautauqua, NY, and was featured in the MJSA Journal, American Craft Council Magazine, and BmoreArt. While earning her BFA in Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art her fascination with cultural and spiritual meanings of adornments were sparked through the teachings of Dr. Leslie King-Hammond.
Her love for jewelry and appreciation for it's intrinsic value came from her parents. She makes her series of metal wall art in partnership with her father Roosevelt Beale and attributes her passion to create to God and her family.