After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990 and receiving a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals, Elise Moran worked for other designers. During that time she honed her metal skills, developed her unique jewelry line and started a business selling her work through fine galleries and stores around the US. Between 1993 and 2005 she co-owned EAM Gallery in Portsmouth, NH - a store featuring her jewelry as well as other great designers. She now has a studio at the Button Factory in Portsmouth, NH.
Elise Moran is most inspired by nature’s perfect design. Since 1993, she has explored translating the complex and balanced forms that she sees in nature, into small metal sculptures to be worn and to adorn. It is one of her favorite challenges to see a beautiful flower or branch, for example, and to figure out how to recreate it in silver and gold. The results are whimsical, delicate pieces that, she hopes, imbue a classic elegance that will flatter those who wear them.