Donna is an honored metal clay artist and educator living in Scottsdale, who opened her first package of PMC in 2004, and became instantly smitten. As she assisted students with their projects, she realized that helping others succeed was a most gratifying experience. Donna offers classes, workshops, and private lessons in the Phoenix area. She is now travelling to hold workshops, most recently in Sonoma, California, at the Sonoma Glass Art & Bead Festival, and the Manning House in Tucson, Arizona, the Bead&Button Show, ART Unraveled, and Adorn Me! in Houston Texas.
Two of Donna’s pieces were finalists in the 2007 and 2008 Saul Bell Design Award Competition. She was also a finalist in the Celebrating Beads, the Journey of Design Competition at the Bead Museum, Washington, DC. Her piece “Through the Heart” was on display in the anti war medal show at the Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor Maine, and the Cultural Messages, Symbolism Through the Ages exhibition at Purdue University during the 2010 PMC Conference. “Tiniwrap”, a bronze clay piece was in Art of the Martini at Zaruba and Zaruba Gallery Fredericksburg Maryland. “Silverweave Dome Ring” was in the PMC Guild’s #4 Annual, in the 2011 Art and Design in Metal Clay calendar by Holly Gage, her ring “Rutile Adorned” won 2nd overall in the North American Design Competition and is featured in the PMC Guild’s #5 Annual.
Donna’s work has been published in Exceptional Works in Metal Clay and Glass
, Wardell Publications. Her piece “Queen’s Ransom” was the cover of the 2008 Art and Design of Metal Clay Calendar by Holly Gage. Donna’s pieces are also in "Making Beads with Metal Clay", Barbara Becker Simon; Lark Books, and in the Lark Books publication "30 Minute Earrings", and Hattie Sanderson's Rings book, Brynmorgen Press.
LiL BeLLA metal clay humidifier is Donna’s invention. The early version was featured in Ce Ce Wire’s book, "New Directions in Metal Clay" by Lark Books. The LiL BeLLA has been sold worldwide
"TEACHING ART IS LIKE CRAWLING THROUGH OTHERS’ IMAGINATIONS"…Donna Lewis