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Elise Miller



Portland, Oregon


Artist with experience in fine woodworking, scenic carpentry, metalsmithing, and digital fabrication.



Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft | May 2016 | Oregon College of Art and Craft | GPA: 3.6/4.0 

  • Specializations in Fine Woodworking and Metalsmithing

Bachelor of Arts in General Studies| July 2015 | Ball State University | Graduated Cum Laude | GPA: 3.7/4.0

  • Honors Scholar | Awarded Honors Distinction Scholarship and Academic Honors in Writing Finalist

  • Minors: Spanish, Mathematics, Psychology, Technical Theatre


Skills & Abilities



  • Skilled in the use of hand and power tools necessary for creating intricate and detailed joinery, hand carving, and fabricated and turned objects.

Woodworker/Fabricator | Fieldwork Design and Architecture | Oct. 2017 – Dec. 2017

  • Worked with a team of artists and architects to construct furniture from blueprints for the movie, Missing Link.

  • Constructed tables, cabinetry, bar tops, cutting boards and small projects for craft fairs.

  • Completed projects include Nossa Café in SE Portland and Centennial Dispensary in Eugene, OR.

Fabrication Assistant | Incidental Design | Sep. 2017 – Dec. 2017

  • Selected to assist in fabricating  a range of projects

  • Built shelving units for Danner Boots Co., plant stands, and miscellaneous artistic merchandise

Jr. Carpenter | Laika LLC Art Department | Mar. 2017 – Jul. 2017

  • Collaborated with artists from multiple disciplines to construct scenery from blueprints for

  • Built stock and custom platforms, as well as specialty items needed to complete sets for final stages

  • Constructed, assembled and handled scenery on 150 stages across filming floor



  • Skilled in forming, constructing, fabricating, soldering, and creating a variety of surface treatments of non-ferrous metals, including small-scale welding techniques with steel.

  • Studied puppet fabrication in class taught by Laika armatureist

  • Sculptural work featured on the Oregon College of Art and Craft annual metals department recruitment postcard in 2016

Studio Assistant to Metalsmith Christine Clark | May 2016 – Aug 2017, Jan 2018 - present

  • Fabricated and assembled hundreds of small parts from blueprints and verbal directions

  • Tasks include forming and welding small steel wire objects, building jigs to improve accuracy, weaving wire, and collaborating to build multiple forms for a gallery installation


Digital Fabrication

  • Skilled in the use of Laser Cutters, Vinyl Plotter, CNC milling and 3D printing technologies.

  • Proficient understanding of AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp, Adobe Illustrator, MeshMixer, and TinkerCAD software.

  • Quality Assurant | Laika Rapid Prototype Department | Sep 2016 - Mar 2017.

  • Duties included fine processing techniques, clean up, and detailed finishing work on small 3D printed parts.

  • Improved studio productivity and safety via woodshop projects and through collaboration with department Trainer.

  • Art Adventures Digital Tools Instructor | Oregon College of Art and Craft | Jul-Aug 2016.

  • Co-Instructed two sessions of a week-long Art Adventures Summer Camp teaching 3D printing, laser cutting, and vinyl plotting digital tools to middle school students.

  • Responsible for creating lesson plans and assignments, supervising nine middle school-aged children during class while teaching CAD software and safe use of digital tools.


Leadership, Teaching, and Training

  • Managed a team of four employees at Twist Frozen Yogurt | Sep. 2016 – Dec. 2016.

  • Elected President of the Ball State University fencing club for four semesters; member for eight semesters.

  • Served as Academic Peer Mentor instructing students in college success strategies during an eight-week, undergraduate honors class.

  • Selected by Ball State University to serve as an ambassador to and campus tour guide for prospective students

       | Jan. 2013 – Jul. 2015


Additional Work Experience

Hardware and Tools Sales Associate | Orchard Supply Hardware | Nov. 2015 – Sep. 2016

Office Assistant | Oregon College of Art and Craft Business Office| Aug. 2015 – May 2016

Student Assistant | Ball State University Library Information and Technology Services | May 2013 – Jul. 2015

Teacher Assistant | Gingerbread Nursery School | Jul. 2013 – Aug. 2013

  • Taught at Gingerbread Preschool, interacting with 20 young children aged 4-6, their parents, caretakers and other teachers

2010 - present
2010 - present
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