In the quest to emulate the colors, textures and patterns that I observe around me and out in space, I utilize both ancient and contemporary techniques to create my designs. These include torch soldering, forging, bezel setting unusual stones in handmade bezels, producing chain maille, utilizing chasing and repousse, wax carving, lost-wax casting, and making cold connections. Often these are combined with the use of a hydraulic press or miniature pulse-arc tig welder to skillfully create timeless designs in 14k and 18k gold, sterling silver, titanium and mixed metals.
Actively involved in the craft movement since 1973, I spent the first 10 years working in fiber, creating wall hangings, window treatments, and even furniture via off-loom weaving and macramé techniques. When challenged to create wearable art “off the wall,” I dived into metal.
As a self-taught artisan, I developed my jewelry skills as I exhibited my work at renowned craft fairs in Florida, Maryland, Washington, DC, and New York, where I found myself accepting challenging commissions from an international clientele.
Moving to Western North Carolina in 1993 profoundly affected my work. Somehow the mountains’ majestic beauty influenced my designs. I started creating pieces with drusy that appear to float on forged sterling silver, titanium, copper, 14k and 18k gold wires.
These days, my jewelry has become a study in contrast. Metal textures have come into play along with the more three-dimensional technique of chasing and repousse. Also opening up new design paths for me are the hydraulic press and tig welder.