Elizabeth Best was born in New Jersey and started her career in art when she began to show her drawings in high school. Along with pen and ink, watercolor and oils, she began to make her own jewelry around age 14. She found she could never afford the work she wanted so she decided to learn to make it.
As a middle school art teacher in Montclair, NJ, she found that being self taught in many areas made helping her students to solve problems easier since she had already made most of the mistakes they ran into. As Best Studios, Elizabeth and her musician/glass artist/ husband John have been doing juried craft shows for over 35 years both in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Over the years, their work has been shipped all over the United States and to several foreign countries.
Elizabeth started her jewelry efforts in metals, first copper than on to work in sterling, precious metal clay and gold filled. After John began his work in glass, she began to work in various glass techniques including lamp working, stained glass and fusing, often combining metals and glass. Fabricating each piece by hand, Elizabeth likes to create work that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
“One of a kind, one at a time”, has been the Best Studios motto since the beginning and they take great pride in it: always unique and always growing. Elizabeth and her husband John are now full time residents of Wellfleet.