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left to right: Lois Franke Warren, David Warren,
Sheila Pamfiloff, and Daniel Macchiarini, 2005



Lois Franke Warren





Lois Franke Warren passed away on November 5th, 2013.
She was an amazingly talented metalsmith and one of the kindest people I have ever knowntruly one of God's "shining stars."  Through her work as an artist, author, teacher, and administrator, Lois inspired countless people; many credit her for giving them the courage to pursue a career in the arts. 

She and her husband, David Warren, traveled together throughout the world, leading over thirty major trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, and Central and South America.

She was extremely supportive of my work as a writer.  I included information about Lois and photographs of her beautiful handmade jewelry in both of my books and she exhibited her work in "American Modernist Jewelry" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art in 2008, attending the opening with her husband, David. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and other museums throughout the country.
For more information about her life, please read: and

We miss you, Lois!

Marbeth Schon


Thank you for letting us know about Lois Franke Warren's passing through your newsletter. Both Bernard and I were deeply saddened to learn the news. We got to know Lois and David when we were working on our 2009 Fred Ball exhibition. They welcomed us into their home, showed us her studio, and Lois shared many memories of her friendship with Fred and of her long and distinguished career in the metals field. In fact, she and David contributed one of her extraordinary Fred Ball-inspired pendants to the Enamel Arts Foundation as a very generous gift. We think of the piece as a tribute to both artists and to the marvelous friendship they shared.

Harold Nelson and Bernard Jazzar

This is very sad. What a wonderful artist that leaves a beautiful legacy of work.
I have her book, it's such a good little book that I got a couple more and although I've only had two students, they each got a copy.
God speed, dear Lois.
With great respect,
Heidi  Abrahamson

Oh my. I'm am sad to hear this.  We kept emails going for awhile after my husband and I met her and her husband at the first Macchiarini new shop opening in San Francisco some years back.

And, again, we had the privilege of visiting with them at the Fort Wayne Show that Marbeth mentioned.

Lovely lovely women.

Heart Wishes
Sheila Pamfiloff


Modern Silver magazine 2013