Rika Mouw was born in Colorado and has been an Alaska resident for more than 10 years. Mouw graduated in 1976 with a BS in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University. She also studied Language and Art at the University of Salamanca in Spain. She served as an apprentice in goldsmithing for two years in Vail, Colorado, where she also established her own studio. Mouw is best known for using natural materials including pods, salmon bones and shells to create jewelry that makes a bold, clear statement. She currently lives and operates her studio in Homer. Mouw has participated in numerous group shows and juried exhibitions around the U.S. and also has held four solo exhibitions. Her work is held in the collections of the Anchorage Museum and the Pratt Museum. Mouw is a 2004 Saul Bell award winner and an avid environmentalist.