I am an artist and maker and my primary fascination is adornment.
A distinct memory stands out of an elementary school field trip to the Portland Art Museum, being stunned by the power and intense, mysterious beauty of the collection of Northwest Coast Indian Art. It was a lightbulb moment in my early life, marking the beginning of my acute awareness that objects matter and can have great emotional meaning and power. This exploration has filled my entire life.
For 36 years I owned a business designing and making props for storytelling for schools and libraries across the US. During most of these years I designed and made jewelry, teaching myself to work with high karat gold, taking classes and workshops in blacksmithing and fold forming, learning the challenges of this compelling metal to make jewelry that is deeply pleasing to make and wear.
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 work and the process 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.
During the past several years I have explored wood as a medium for jewelry and hair sticks. As this fascination and my skills grew I discovered the qualities of many different types of wood, falling most in love with hardwoods in combination with gold and silver. Everything here is made by me in Oregon, exceptions are noted. I welcome custom inquiries.
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.