D.X. Ross has passed away

D.X. died last Friday. The only details I have are her mother’s
address if folks want to send a note. The metalsmithing community
has lost an incredible artist and a wonderful human being.

D.X. died last Friday. 

This is truly sad she was a wonderful person, I truly enjoyed my
encounters with her and her work was exquisite.

James Binnion
James Binnion Metal Arts


A memorial for DX Ross will be held Thurs. March 6, 5:30 PM at
Spessard Holland Park, Melbourne Beach, FL

Thank you so much.

Trish McAleer -

I’m saddened and dismayed at the news of the passing of DX. She was
one of the most interesting people I have had the pleasure of
learning from. I’m sorry I shall not meet with her again.

Susan Maxon

DX inspired me in so many ways. Her work, of course, was exquisitely
inspiring, daring and inventive forms, brilliant enamels, superb
drawing applied to the enameling…her creativity had no limits.

The many time we stayed with her when she was still living in NYC,
she willingly shared about jewelry making techniques and
her life and personality were both triggers for becoming more
creative. I do recall one October, near Halloween, when she had
designed a costume that involved a helmet made partially from a
horseshoe crab shell. Describing it this way, I know it sounds
merely odd, but the end result was a stunner and very typically DX.

We have missed our visits with her for many years and now the
distance is oh so much greater. We will always miss her presence in
our lives.

Linda Kaye-Moses

Thank you for letting us know, Trish. I knew DX was very ill. I’m so
sorry for her passing. I hope her family is holding up well.

This is a great loss to the enameling community. She was an
incredible Grisaille artist.

Pam East

She was an inspiration. Does anyone know where to view some of her
amazing work online?


This is from “Florida Today” which includes more about DX’s life and
for those of you that have requested this from me, the
last paragraph covers lieu of flowers…


D.X. Ross, 55, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2008, in the
company of her family. She graduated from SUNY at Buffalo with a
BFA, and received an MFA from Tyler Institute, Temple University,
Philadelphia. Known primarily as a grisaille enamelist and
silversmith, her jewelry has been exhibited nationally and
internationally. Some of her work is in permanent collection at
Oakland Art Museum, California, and the Renwick Gallery of
American Art at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC. She was also an
etcher, lithographer, painter in oils and watercolors, and on
porcelain. The last few years D.X. worked extensively in clay.
Her many interests include: gardening, ikebana, knitting,
reading, swimming, Yoga and Tai Chi. D.X. loved people, she loved
art, and she loved sharing her knowledge and insight. She tread
the earth lightly, taking little and giving much. Her art is a
permanent record of her talent and creativity. Along with the
legacy of her art, D.X. leaves behind the legacy of her ph
ilosophy. May the example of her life be a reminder to each of us
to create beau ty, and appreciate the Magic Spirit of this
precious life, day by day. May we live with greater kindness to
one another, the earth and all creatures. D.X. is survived by her
mother, Alice Graham; sister Xochitl Ross (Charles Nalle); and
brothers, Mal (Janet) and Lyle Ross. She was predeceased by her
father, Donald H. Ross, who was the Assistant Commissioner of
Education for the State of New York. She leaves behind aunts,
Helen (Joe) Rubino and Dasha (Lynn) Freeman; uncles, Stan ley,
Joseph (Barbara) and John Zablocki; nieces, a nephew and cousins.
As she has touched so many people through her art and activities,
there will be many who join our family in mourning the loss of
this beautiful, spiritual being. She has been an inspiration to
all who know her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
Vitas Hospice of Melbourne, or to the foundation to be
established in D.X.s honor to continue her involve ment in, and
support of, the Arts. A Celebration of D.X.s life will be held
Thursday, March 6th, at Spessard Holland Park in Melbourne Beach
at 5:30 p.m. Brownlie Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne is
serving the family, (321) 723-2345. 

My best,
Trish McAleer -

I went looking and did not find any images of her enamels online,
but I did find a wonderful bio. Here’s a link:


Images of her work can be found in Karen Cohens’ book “The Art of
Fine Enameling”. DX wrote the chapter on Grisaille for the book.

Pam East

Thanks Pam for posting the link with the beautiful tribute to DX Ross
and the bio. I have long admired her wonderful grisaille. I think a
number of her works have been featured in Glass on Metal over the
years. The enameling community has lost a wonderful, talented artist.

Alma Rands

Hi Pam

I went looking and did not find any images of her enamels online 

Try this link JCCFS | John C. Campbell Folk School

Karen Bahr
Karen’s Artworx