Bio

Vitrice is a Mississippi native and is the daughter of blues recording legend Lillian McMurry of Trumpet Records in Jackson.MS. Vitrice graduated from LSU and studied jewelry-making there; she later studied with Jamie Bennett, Ursula Duba and most importantly, James Carter. She taught metalsmithing for many years at Metairie Park Country Day School. She was Crafts Director for the first ten years of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 2014 New Orleans Magazine named her one of the city’s Top Female Achievers. She is one of the founding members of RHINO Crafts Gallery, a non-profit craft cooperative.

She is married to musician John Rankin and has a daughter, Annie. She has a zany Jack Russell terrier, Jackson.

Vitrice has shown at the New Orleans JazzFest for many years, as well as the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Festivale Acadienne, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, American Craft Council shows, and the Buyers’ Market of American Crafts. Her jewelry is in the collections of Bonnie Raitt, Madeleine Albright and John Goodman, as well as local celebs Allen Toussaint, Peggy Scott Laborde, and Margaret Orr.