Jewelry | Stone setting and traditional metalsmithing
Penland Affiliation | Penland Instructor 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2018
Artist Information | Studio artist; education: BA Warren Wilson College, AAS Fashion Institute of Technology; teaching: Penland, Idyllwild Arts (CA), Denver School of Metal Arts (CO), Tucson Metalsmiths Association(AZ), Idaho Metal Arts Guild(ID); exhibitions: Power of Pearls (CA), Rings Show (NC), WEAR | Contemporary Jewelry (NC), “Collected” Velvet da Vinci (CA), Objects of Adornment (MA)
Artist Statement | My work comes from the relationship between myself, my tools, and the materials. I love to find out what different tools can do to help me manipulate and shape metal. I am attracted to multiples, to color, to texture. I like structure, but also creating an idea of something more organic and fluid through the use of rough and faceted stones. I am constantly experimenting and pushing myself with my work – both in a design and a technical sense – while keeping true to the aesthetic of the body of work I have already developed.
Technical Information | Handmade jewelry using traditional stone setting techniques with faceted, cut and raw uncut gems, sterling silver, and gold.