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Marcia Fossey graduated from the University of Alberta in 1979 with a B.Sc. in Home Economics. She presently owns and operates a home-based business called Ponderosa Designs. She started her business in 1992 while living in Whitehorse. In June of 1997, Marcia and her family moved to Edmonton, Alberta. She also has a home in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island.
Many of her inspirations for her jewellery came from the Pacific Northwest First Nations Culture. Marcia developed many friendships with First Nations people from the area. She enjoys spending time, talking with, and hearing stories from their past. One of her most honored accomplishments was when she was asked to design several necklaces, which were presented to elders at a reunion for a prominent First Nations family in the Yukon. Her time living in the Yukon has had a profound effect on her life and she passes this energy on to the jewellery she designs.
In July of 1998, Marcia and her line of Historical Bead and Vintage Glass jewellery received the "Symbol of Quality" from the Alberta Craft Council. This symbol identifies quality Alberta-made craft and is one of the highest honors a Canadian crafter can receive. Her jewellery is sold in museum shops and galleries across Canada. Marcia has been featured on "Sue Warden's Craftscape", a national televisoin show on the Life Channel.
She has also collaborated with glass artist Darlene Musser in creating one of a kind fused glass pendents with Marcia's contemporary and antique beads.