If you ask her what she does, Holly is likely to say, “I make things.” If pressed, she’ll admit that making messes seems to be her #1 occupation, but that she has so many ways to make the messes! And her end products are beautiful, useful and sometimes consumable.
In addition to teaching classes at Dovetail, Holly owns Cut & Dry Lumber Company LLC, a brand new urban lumber company in Albuquerque. Its mission is to reduce wood waste and increase local resources, jobs, and sustainable living. Woodworkers can find locally sourced slabs and turning blanks most Saturdays at the Cut & Dry lot on North Edith Blvd.
Holly is an adventurous cook, a trained jewelry-scale metalworker, accomplished in woodworking, printmaking, and stained glass work, a freelance writer, an enthusiastic gardener, a needlework aficionado, and home brewer of mead and kombucha. She is always willing to explore proven – and new – processes, techniques, materials and applications.
In 2005, Holly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of New Mexico, with a concentration in Studio Art (sculpture / 3D) and a minor in Art History. Not long after, relocation to Austria EU gave the artist an unparalleled opportunity to study Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) masterworks and enjoy central European cuisine for half a decade. Upon returning to Albuquerque, Holly established The Ornatelier – A Studio For Applied Arts, to bring functional beauty into the daily lives of as many as possible. In her studio, she produces pens, knives, stained glass, furniture and decor, relief prints, and other items upon request. Repairs to pens, stained glass, and knife handles are a particular specialty.
Holly lives and works in a South Broadway neighborhood fixer-upper: half workshop, half living space, entirely project house. It’s perfect.