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Tara Locklear



Nothing is wasted!

tara-locklear-creatives-1Inspired by mid-century adornment, Tara Locklear creates wearable works of art that are inventive and memorable (for ladies and gentlemen).  A graduate of East Carolina University with a BFA in Metal Design, her work is composed from industrial and repurposed elements.  The result?  Modern costume jewelry which is creative and imaginative.

Ms. Locklear has been an instructor at Penland School of Crafts, and her work has been enthusiastically received there and at other galleries, including the Smithsonian and American Craft Council Craft shows, and in public collections such as the Racine Art Museum.  She has given lectures about her process at Pratt Design School in NYC and the Society for Contemporary Craft, in Pittsburgh.  

Tara Locklear is a resident of Raleigh, NC where she works in her studio.  Find samples of her work at

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists' residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center.