"Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and do before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time." -- Goethe
My jewelry process is spiritual in nature, inspired by two dear friends who spent the last five years of their young lives building legacies that touched countless others in meaningful ways. Their legacies compel me to create.
In metalworking, I am combining my artistic skills with a deep spiritual satisfaction of working with the earth's materials to create something that, on some level, touches another person.
I prefer working with sterling silver, copper and gold, both for the richness of their colors and individual working properties. Employing traditional hot and cold fabrication methods I marry metals, stones and found objects into my designs and incorporate various surface textures in my work - anything that moves metal in a pleasing way, creating depth and complexity. I'm drawn to movement, reverence and a sense of whimsy.
Trained originally in nursing and later in horticulture and garden design, at my life's mid-century mark, I learned basic metal smithing at a small jewelry studio. I bought a torch, set up a home studio and began hammering, sawing, soldering and selling. I've attended various classes at Penland School of Crafts and John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina and other, smaller venues. I've learned from several excellent goldsmiths/teachers, including Ben Dyer, Robert Ebendorf, James Myer, Tim McCreight and the late DX Ross.
I continue to expand my skills and knowledge through intentional learning experiences with other artists. The rest is a self-guided exploration that brings me immeasurable joy.
Early in 2016, I became one of the co-owners of Flow Gallery in Marshall, NC, joining a group of wonderfully talented cooperative artists, whose joint goal is to provide a beautiful and well respected venue to promote local, high quality craft. I am thrilled to continue to expand my creative life in this way, with this group of artisans.
"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy." -- Anne Frank