My metals career started shortly after high school during a seven year stint as a dental technician. Trained on the job to make teeth out of gold, I learned my metal working fundamentals. While living in Alaska in the mid-90’s, I attended a silversmithing workshop at the local community college. My earlier metals training kicked in and I was back to creating in metal. After returning to my roots in Central Oregon in 2000, I continued my metals education at Central Oregon Community College where I refined my basic skills and explored alternative techniques.
Each piece is fabricated by hand from precious metals, primarily silver with additions of gold, copper and brass. Using a variety of silversmithing techniques I often create hollow forms to add volume and dimension. The metals are textured by roll printing, hammering or etching with close attention to pleasing patterns and surface detail. Patinas are added to highlight the textures. Stones and pearls are used, often as an accent rather than the focal point of the work. My inspiration comes from the patterns and shapes I see in almost everything as well as from 20 years of working in the field of architecture – years spent both before and after my jewelry making journey began.
In 2011 I left architecture to devote myself full-time to my jewelry business. I strive to make distinctive and original work; I hope you’ll follow me as my business grows and my designs progress!
In early 2015, I moved into a shared studio space with fellow jewelers Mary Jo Weiss and Denise Harrison. Called Torch Jewelry Collective, we share resources and knowledge in a collaborative and creative environment. We are planning open studios and special events – watch my “find me” page for updates!