Marlene True is a metalsmith, obsessive collector of tin cans and other ephemera. Sharing her enthusiasm for working with these and other materials she has taught workshops at many places including, Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, Pocosin Arts and at West Dean College in Chichester, West Sussex, UK. Making her home in Eastern North Carolina, her work is often influenced by place including the surrounding coastal environment.
Marlene earned her MFA at East Carolina University and her BFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
She currently maintains her studio and is the Executive Director for Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC.
Her work is in various collections throughout the US and most recently the Museum of Arts and Design in New York , The Racine Museum of Art in Racine Wisconsin and the Enamel Arts Foundation.
Marlene is a member of and past board member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.
Marlene's work can be found in these publications:
Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to the Present, UNC Press
Steel Wire Jewelry by Brenda Schweder, Lark
Jewelry Design challenge, Lark
Found Object Art 2, Schiffer
500 Enameled Objects, Lark
500 Pendants and Lockets, Lark
Mixed Media Collage Jewelry, Lark
Jewellery From Recycled Materials, Black, London
Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, Lark,
The Fine Art of the Tin Can, Revised Edition, Lark