Liz Maier’s mirrors are works of art, simply put. They easily cross the fine line that so often separates functional craft from fine art — a desired status for many artisans. That’s not to say they aren’t meticulously crafted. Each frame is handmade and tailored to the hand-silvered mirror placed within its borders. Her techniques are rooted in the early 19th century, a “lost art” according to Maier.
These pieces aren’t like the factory-made, overly flawless mirrors in your and everybody else’s homes. Some are convex and many are marked by streaks and scratches emphasized by the silvering process. They range from small ornamental pieces to 5-foot-tall works that command their own walls, and everything in between.
Liz’s mirrors can be purchased at http://www.lizmaier.com or via Etsy. And for the month of December, they are included in Izzy’s Holiday show. But nothing beats the seemingly retro act of visiting the artist’s space, in person, at 13 1/2 Walnut St., next to Second Gear. The shop’s open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.