As a child Mary Raivel spent countless hours drawing and painting, but was told she had to pursue a “practical” career. After many years as a government environmental lawyer and really missing art-making, she began studying art jewelry and metalsmithing at night—at MICA, then the Baltimore Jewelry Center. As a full time jeweler, Raivel began by making limited production work. She still does, but now she’s focused on narrative work, including a series exploring perceptions of aging. Raivel lives and works in Baltimore.