Elise was born in France and showed an early interest in traditional crafts and materials. An avid sailor she sees a lot of similarities between her practice and sailing. She approaches her work just like she would the ocean, with a great deal of preparation, as well as humility, knowing that one cannot control everything. She confesses that sometimes “you just have to let the material speak.” She strongly believes in the power of emotions and her designs range from serene to playful, while always showing her love and respect for craftsmanship and material.
After graduating with honors and outstanding services with a BFA in
Product Design from Otis College of Arts & Design, a summer
apprenticeship in France with master blacksmith Guy Pendanx
awoke her love for metal. In 2012 she received her MFA with an
emphasis in metal at California State University Long Beach under Susanna Speirs' guidance. She now teaches metal and jewelry while maintaining an active studio practice.