Romas Banaitis Handmade Custom Titanium Rings

Hi , My name is Romas and I’m a jeweler, sculptor, knife maker, craftsman , fabricator , carpenter , artist , husband and father. I love creating things with my hands. I first started making jewelry while attending Massachusetts College of Art and happen upon the potential uses of titanium in jewelry at a custom knife show. After gaining more experience working for and with other artisans and craftsmen, I opened my first Etsy Shop in 2010 specializing in handmade custom titanium rings.

As a youth, I discovered a creative engine inside of me that was subtly powering my thoughts and actions. This energy was first kindled, as a teen, by the love of music and learning how to play musical instruments to express creativity. It has from then on, progressed into a passion for the process of making visual art and the pursuit of craftmanship. My Art teachers in High School recognized my abilities, helped me create a great portfolio and encouraged me to continue to explore art as a career option. I was lucky to be accepted into the Class of 1995 at Massachusetts College of Art where I explored, experimented and refined my skills. From: Jewelry Design to Woodworking, Metal Fabrication, Foundry, Blacksmithing, Welding, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Mold Making, Casting and Sculpture. Graduating with a BFA in Fine Arts, I have had many great opportunities to work with and for other amazing artists, artisans and craftsmen in the Boston Area. I have also enjoyed learning from my own creative pursuits, evolving from Music to Ceramics, Sculpture, Knifemaking, Wood working, Jewelry Making and Painting.

EDUCATION
1991 - 1995 Massachusetts College of Art
Received B.F.A. Major: Sculpture

WORK EXPERIENCE
2010-Present Self-Employed Jewelry Manufacturing - specializing in Titanium Rings
Romas Banaitis Custom Handmade Titanium Rings
RomasBanaitis.com
LoveLifeTitanium.com

2004 - 2010 Self-Employed Carpenter Boston and Metro West
RJB Finish Carpentry: Woodworking and Architectural Millwork, Installation of
Cabinets, Kitchens, Doors and Stairs.
(sub-contracting for) : EWC Construction Inc. , Mercados Interiors , Shane’s Custom
Woodworking, Conrad and Sullivan , JHKW Co. Inc. , Dan Ritz Woodworking
Self Employed – Custom Knife Making, Small Metal Fabrication, Jewelry Making and
Folding Knife collaborations with Richter Made
2005 Extreme Make Over. Medfield, MA (volunteer carpenter)
1998 - 2004 Boger Construction Boston, MA
Commercial & Residential Carpenter, Historical Restoration.
Self Employed – Custom Knife Making, Small Metal Fabrication, Jewelry and Folding
Knife collaborations with Richter Made
1997 – 1998 Webster Construction Boston, MA Commercial Carpenter
1995 - 1997 JD Smith Master Blade Smith South Boston, MA
Apprentice and Teachers’ assistant Massachusetts College of Art: Course in
Bladesmithing, Knife Construction and Damascus Steelmaking.
Visiting Artist: Intro to Knifemaking
Kristina Kornilova – Silver Antique Restoration Apprentice
Self Employed – Custom Knife Making, Small Metal Fabrication and Jewelry
1995 Archeology Inc. Charlestown, MA. Craftsman, casting and mold making
1994 Joe Wheelwright Sculpture, Boston, MA. Construction


EXHIBITIONS/SHOWS
2008 The Distillery Open Studios. South Boston, MA. October
2001 “ Terrors and Wonders Monsters in Contemporary Art “
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. Sept.
2001 East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
2000 East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1999 East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1998 East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1997 “Three Configuration” Three Person Show
1997 East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
FPAC Gallery. Boston, MA Jan.-Feb.
1997 “Worchester Exchange Part 2: Artists affiliated with Gallery 70 Group Show
The Gallery at the Distillery. Boston, MA. Feb.-March
1996 Marlboro, MA Custom Knife Show, Connecticut Custom Knife Show,
Rhode Island Custom Knife Show
1996 The Distillery Open Studios. South Boston, MA. October
1996 One Person Show at the Gallery 70. Worcester, MA. May
1996 Inaugural Show. Group Show of Gallery 70 Artists. Worcester, MA. March
1995 “The Labyrinth” Group Show
Cyclorama Boston Center for the Arts. Boston, MA
1995 The Distillery Open Studios. South Boston, MA. October
1995 Group Show. Space Craft. Cambridge, MA.
1995 Group Show. Summer Street Gallery, Boston, MA

AWARDS
2000 Most Innovative Knifemaker, East Coast Custom Knife Show. NYC
1996 Best Folding Knife, Rhode Island Custom Knife Show


PUBLICATIONS/REVIEWS
2003 Published in the World’s Greatest Knife Book, 23rd Annual Knives 2003. Edited by Joe Kertzman
p53
2002 Published in Catalog for the Art Show “Terrors and Wonders Monsters in Contemporary Art “
DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA. Sept.
2000 Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. September. p50
2000 Published in Knives Illustrated: The Premier Cutlery Magazine. August, Volume 14, No.4 p84
1999 Published in Knives Points of Interest Book V. Created by Jim Weyer. pgs39 &45.
1999 Published in Annual Knives “97 Edited by Ken Warner. Pg137
1998 Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. September. p110.
1998 Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. March. p31.
1998 Published in Art Around Boston. Autumn Edition. p42
1997 “Distillery Offers Unusual Exhibition Space”. Mary Sherman. Boston Sunday Herald. March 9th
p47 (Gallery Group Show)
1997 “The Ghastly and the Gorgeous”. Shawn Hill. Bay Windows. Feb 6th. p30 ( Three Configuration )
1997 “ Distortion and Terror to Exorcise Ourselves”. Cate McQuaid. Boston Globe. Jan 30th E3
( Three Configuration )
1997 Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. November. p23
1997 Published in Tactical Knives – The Cutting Edge of Survival. January. p44
1997 Published in 17th Annual Knives ’97 Edited by Ken Warner. p130
1996 Published in Blade Magazine: World’s #1 Knife Publication. November. p42.
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