Etherington Betteridge is an award-winning goldsmith
Her many achievements include the Saidye Bronfman Award for
Crafts (1978), the Order of Canada (1997) and the Guelph YM/YWCA
Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement (2002).
Lois Etherington Betteridge is the 2014 Recipient of the John and Barbara Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement
"Lois’s professional achievements have been at the forefront of Canadian silver and goldsmithing for more than half a century. Gail Crawford, in her history of Ontario studio craft claims that Lois has been “accorded more distinctions than almost anyone in the arts field.”
Lois is a celebrated master maker, and absolutely instrumental to the development of Ontario Craft through her commitment to the crafts community—serving as board member or advisor to numerous crafts and arts organizations over the years—and through her teaching and mentorship of generations of makers, many of whom have spread out across the country and themselves worked as leading makers and teachers.
A major figure in the Canadian studio craft movement since its inception in the 1950s, Lois was one of a small number of women active in the Canadian movement at a time when the field was dominated by male artists and designers, many of whom had immigrated to Canada from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. She has been referred to as the first modern Canadian silversmith to attain international stature in the studio craft movement.
In 1978, Lois became the second recipient of the annual Saidye Bronfman Award, Canada’s foremost national award for fine craft. In 1997, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, bestowed for a lifetime of distinguished service to the community. In 2010, Lois’ impact in the metalsmithing community was recognized when she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. These three honours reflect Lois’ significance in Canadian arts and culture, and in North American metal arts."