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Earl Pardon

Pardon was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended local schools as a child. Pardon served in Germany during W.W.II. He received his B.F.A. Degree in painting from the Memphis Academy of Art in 1951. He received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University in 1959. He studies in jewelry started when he was at the Memphis Academy. After his studies were complete Pardon exhibited his work and started teach. His work was sometimes influenced by his studies in Zen. He referred to some of his pieces as portable pieces of art. He had hidden stones or colored beads in his jewelry, either on the backside of a pendant or the underside of a ring. Pardon sometimes used enamel to achieve the effect of precious gem stones. Pardon was among a few individuals who revived the art of enameling in the United Sates and took I to a new level in contemporary American metalwork. Pardon exhibited in many group and one man shows and executed numerous commissions. He also conducted workshops and lectures around the nation. Pardon died at the age of 64 in Boston, Massachusetts.