Elise Preiss






I believe that my goal as an   educator is to be a source of information, inspiration, and support for   students. I set an example with a strong work ethic by keeping up on my own   research and art production, attending conferences and workshops, and   maintaining a constant show record.


While I demonstrate techniques and   safe use and handling of materials and equipment, I also address the   importance of formal, esthetic, and conceptual outcomes to help students find   their own way of expressing ideas within their chosen media. To do so I   provide a structured and secure classroom environment for students to express   their ideas, while maintaining a stimulating and challenging atmosphere to   inspire new possibilities and concepts in their work.







California   State University , Long Beach, CA                                              May   2012


Master of   Fine Art, Emphasis in Metal and Jewelry


Otis College of Art and Design , Los Angeles, CA                                       May   2008


Bachelor   of Fine Art, Interactive Product Design


Notre   Dame du Sacre Coeur, Dax, France                                                   June   1994


BTS,   Business and Sales Management







California   State University, Long Beach, CA                             June   2011 – Present


Lecturer –   Metal and 3D media

  • Responsibilities   include syllabus preparation, demonstrations, grade assessment, Studio preparation,   and supervision. Class taugh include:
  • Art   357A & B Beginning metal and jewelry, an introduction to the field of   metalsmithing and jewelry with a special emphasis on technical   skill-development.
  •  Art 355 Beginning enameling covers the techniques, materials, and concepts of   enameling on metals.
  •  Art 458A an   advanced and special study course. Special emphasis is put on the   development of each student’s independent process through exploration and   self-reliance.
  • Art   257 an introduction to the - Art 357A & B Beginning metal and jewelry, an   introduction to the field of metalsmithing and jewelry with a special   emphasis on technical skill-development.


GSM   Europe, Hossegor, France                                  June 2001 – September 2002


European   Sales Manager – Women Division Billabong

Market research and analysis.                  
  • Assisted in the creation of   management position representing 25% of total European turnover.
  • Established sales projections, monitored   progress towards goals and conducted purchase.
  • Liaison between design, marketing,   and sales in establishing woman’s division
  • Manage key accounts and buying   groups for European market.
  • Attended trade shows and exhibits across Europe.


GSM   Europe, Hossegor, France                                         January 1997 – May 2001


Sales   Representative, Billabong South West region

  • Increased regional sales from 2.5   million to 9.5 million French Francs
  • Managed 120 clients and 3 key   accounts.
  • Implemented training course for   new recruits.
  • 1999 sales representative of the   year.


G   & R Merchant Pty Ltd, Hossegor,   France                 July 1994 – December 1996


Executive Assistant

  • Reported directly to Director of   Billabong as personal assistant.
  • Managed day to day affairs   including organization of twice international annual sales meeting,   international travel schedule, purchase of equipment, and facility management.





  • Proficient in Rhino 3D, Adobe Creative   Suite, Microsoft Office, AS 400
  • Sketching quick ideation,   orthographic drawings.
  • Model making in foam, wood, and   metal.