Artist

"I lose myself in museums,
studying the detail
in jewelry from different
civilizations. The techniques
of the ancient masters
inspire me".

Biography

 

Jewelry has always been an obsession for me. As a little girl I could sit for hours on my mother’s bed going through her jewelry box. I began making jewelry at about eight years old of colored telephone wires and bubble gum wrappers. As a college student at Denison University I majored in fine art, specializing in intaglio etching printmaking, where metal is etched using a fine stylus. My jewelry is made in a similar way by carving wax with very fine tools in order to create detail in the design.

The process begins with an idea inspired by things around me. It could be patterns from the beautiful architecture in Spain, where I resided for eighteen years, or simple forms found in nature and everyday objects. These ideas keep me awake at night, until I can see the finished product in my mind. Then I sit down to my bench and get to work.

My newest work includes enamel. I am combining my cast pieces with glass fused onto metal to add a little color to my work. It is a fascinating technique. Once again, I am using etching techniques to work in Champlevé. The metal is etched, and enamel is placed over the etching.

When I work with my hands I am reminded that I can create objects that will last forever. Jewelry can be passed down from one generation to the next. Jewelry can be sentimental. It can be a talisman or bring luck. As my Aunt Bernadette once said, “Jewelry, and our ability to accessorize is what separates us from lower forms of life.”