Marla S. Rudnick on turning childhood curiosity into grown-up creations

18 Jul

Marla Rudnick, a local jewelry maker and sculptor with her roots in Philadelphia, has always had the ability to see new possibility in commonplace things.  While other children her age ran around with model trains and dolls, Marla “liked to take toys apart and put them back together differently.”  It’s no wonder then that her work as a well-established DC artist challenges how we see the form and use of everyday materials.  Fortunately for us, Marla was able to take some time to explain how she has turned her talent for innovation into a form of revenue.

The Prelude

Marla’s interest in art began at a young age with the creative guidance of her mother, Libby Rudnick.  Having found success as a “2D artist” in Philadelphia, Libby frequented art shows around the city and made sure to bring her daughter with her.  Unfortunately for Marla, formal art classes in school proved to be too structured for her unique creation process, causing her to lose interest in art in general for years.

The Epiphany

Marla’s rediscovered her love for the creative process when she combined knitting, a hobby she had maintained since childhood, with silver.  The result of much experimentation with these two elements is a line of distinctive silver jewelry that combine the delicate threads of metal with pearls, stones and beads.

From Enthusiast to Artist

In order to make herself known as an artist, Marla has joined both the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths.  Marla credits these organizations as “a big part of my support system,” adding that guilds provide the opportunity to learn about other forms of art outside of her metier.  Aside from the networking she does within the guild and the one-on-one visits with her fans, Marla has also made a presence for herself on facebook in order to make herself more accessible to potential buyers.

To conclude, Marla gave us some reassuring info on being an artist in the DC area: not only are there people who are more than willing to support the arts, but there are plenty of venues available for selling art.  Marla’s work, for example, is currently showing at the Fiber Arts Studio at VisArts in Rockville.

Photo by Ralph Gabriner (

EWI would like to thank Marla for talking to us and making her story available to our readers!

To learn more about or contact Marla, visit her website at


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