Dorothy Bittner is a 2008 graduate of Wells College, where she received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, focusing on poetry and fiction. While at Wells, she was the recipient of The Catherine de Pau Prize in Poetry, The Class of 1905 Prize in Poetry, The M. Helena Zachos Prize in Fiction, and The Phoenix Society Prize in Poetry. Because of her predisposition for creating beautiful things with her hands, she also studied the arts of Typography, Hand Book Binding, and Dark Room Photography. In March, 2009 a collection of her poems entitled “Between Rocks and Shadows” was published as a chap book by Foothills Publishing Springfed series. Later that summer she illustrated the cover of her mentor Bruce Bennett's critically acclaimed collection of poems "The Holding Stone," published by Finishing Line Press in 2010.
After graduation, Dorothy returned to her native Martha’s Vineyard, where she enjoyed various formative jobs, including sales in an island-favorite jewelry store, writing bawdy poetry for a well-known pub in Edgartown, followed by a summer spent in an antiques and copper gallery in Menemsha where she picked up the art of copper-smithing and fell hopelessly in love with metal.
Dorothy moved back to Washington County, NY in October 2009, and began to work in the art of hand-crafted jewelry. She attend workshops with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) artist and jeweler Nancy Miller, and her love affair with metal, and PMC, blossomed into a full-fledged romance
Influenced by “just about everything” from the Atlantic Ocean, the lithographs of Alphonse Mucha and Arthur Rackham, Ancient Greek Mythology, the blossoms on the apple tree outside her studio window, the lyrical poetry of Dar Williams, Edna St Vincent Millay, the Indigo Girls, Pablo Neruda, and Tom Waits, Dorothy creates organic jewelry that mimics the beauty in nature and spans the ages.