Gayle Rancer is a metalsmith working primarily with space age "reactive metals" - titanium and niobium which "react" to heat or electricity through an electrolyte to produce brilliant colors in a process called "anodizing". Varying voltages of electricity create an anodized rainbow of colors Gayle controls by using resists and other techniques in her designs. Gayle also works with more traditional metals - silver, copper, and nugold.
Gayle has studied her craft at Penland school, Parson's School of Design, and North Carolina State University and Duke University craft centers. She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her former career she was an award-winning News Director and broadcast journalist/anchor at WRDU FM and WQDR FM in Ralegh. Her work is exhibited and sold in art galleries from the coast to the mountains of Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.