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I am an artist with a love for all things metal and stone and I find personal adornment fascinating.

MY CREATIVE PROCESS

My work relies largely on my fascination with raw materials and simple tools, two antique anvils, my favorite hammer and files. Nothing happens fast. My materials are some of the most elemental on earth–gold, platinum, silver, gems and wood. Hammering a chunk of gold into a ring on an antique goldsmith’s anvil imparts a texture that cannot be achieved any other way. I use recycled 18, 22 or 24 karat golds, platinum and sterling because of the inherent glow and the opposing qualities of toughness and malleability. The surface of these metals is soft enough to invite the patina that life leaves behind without sacrificing durability. The process of designing and the actual work give me a satisfaction few things in life deliver. I make the jewelry I want to own and wear myself, and enjoy watching when it resonates with my customers. 

 

Like anything that gets better with age, my jewelry is meant to become a small but important part of your daily life, something enduring and quietly beautiful. I concern myself with spare, essential shapes resulting in jewelry that becomes a habit, an integral part of the daily ritual of dressing. My intent is that each piece will become a treasured personal symbol.

 The planning and wood stove watching area of my studio. 

The planning and wood stove watching area of my studio. 

 My studio mates, Meriwether Lewis and Pepper.

My studio mates, Meriwether Lewis and Pepper.

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
— Rumi