I’ve always needed a creative outlet and have dabbled in everything from watercolor to stained glass. I realized as a teenager that the craft I felt most connected to was jewelry making. I make jewelry that I would wear, so there’s a little bit of my personal style in each piece. The sleek lines of forged and fused metal, mixed metal chain, labradorite, green amethyst, and pyrite are some of my favorite things to work with.
I’m inspired by the seasons. I use bright gemstones, like Turquoise and Carnelian, during warm months. I work with dark pearls and smokey gemstones in the winter. I’m constantly researching and experimenting with new metalsmithing techiques. Learning something new helps me evolve and re-ignites my passion for jewelry. I keep up with trends to stay relevent, but my emphasis isn’t placed so much on what's trendy now, as it is on designing pieces that are timeless.
I recycle all of my scrap metal and I buy my materials from local businesses as much as possible.
I love helping people discover their own creativity through jewelry workshops. In these 2.5 hour classes, you'll learn the basics of wire techniques and leave with a handful of your own creations. I’m happy to schedule a private class for a group of friends at your house. I can also come to you to lead a jewelry workshop for children’s birthday parties.