Pauline Warg is a metalsmith with 39 years experience. After completing her metalsmithing apprenticeship to Master Goldsmith Philip Morton she moved to Portsmouth, NH and opened her business: Warg Designs. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Southern Maine, Summa Cum Laude.
From 1983 to 1991 Ms. Warg designed lines of sterling silver tea accessories, specialty items for babies and children and tableware for Shreve, Crump and Low of Boston and the affiliates of their parent company Henry Birks and Sons, nationally.
Pauline’s work, be it jewelry or holloware, incorporates precious / non- precious metals, gems and enamel skillfully worked with great attention to detail using time honored silversmithing techniques.
Besides designing and creating wearable, functional and sculptural objects, Pauline has taught metalsmithing at Manchester Institute of Art (NHIA), University of New Hampshire, The Jewelry Institute (RI), Maine College of Art, Metalwerx (MA), MASSC (CA), Wildacres (NC), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME), and Armory Art Center (FL).
From 1991 to 2001 Pauline developed, managed and facilitated the Future Builders, Inc. Metalsmithing program serving York and Cumberland Counties in Maine. Having attained her Special Education Certification she applied her metalsmithing expertise to a training and education program for middle school and high school students identified with behavioral impairments, emotional disorders and learning disabilities.
Pauline Has been a biographee in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World since 1997.
Most recently Pauline opened a new business WARG Enamel & Tool Center in Scarborough, ME. The business has an expanded teaching studio for metalsmithing and enameling adjacent to a tool and supply store. Over the past 36 years Pauline has won numerous awards and gained recognition for her metalsmithing and jewelry making. Her first major award was Best in Show at the Toledo Museum of Art’s MAY Show 1975, to more currently in 2002, Pauline was given the Joe Tucker Metal Award at the LNHC Annual “Living With Crafts” show. The Maine State Bar Association chose Pauline’s design of a brooch as the Caroline Duby Glassman Award for 2004 - 2009. This year in the LNHC Annual “Craftwear” exhibit, Pauline was awarded Best In Show, Jewelry.
Making Metal Beads; by Pauline Warg, was published by Lark Books in October 2006.
Photographs of Pauline’s work may be seen in several well know books on metalsmithing. She has photos inJewelry, Fundamentals of Metalsmithing; McCreight, Jewelry Making: for Schools, Tradesmen and Craftsmen; Bovin, and Jewelry: Contemporary Designs and Technique; Evans. Pauline has had several technical articles published in the Lapidary Journal.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.
Pauline is an Artisan Member of the Society of American Silversmiths and a State Juried Member of the League of NH Craftsmen. She also is a member of the Maine Crafts Association, the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, and the Enamelist Society.
Ms. Warg currently lives and works in Southern Maine.