Lyons, CO. USA
At a very young age I was exploring everything outdoors creating imaginary cities of insects and animals amongst the sand, dirt and roots of trees. This natural connection we have to the earth and our universe is a constant source for creativity. It is from this place that I find the most inspiration in making jewelry. Next to nature, I have found the complexities of the human experience to bring meaning and emotion to the images that arise during the creative process.
I've always pushed my education in the arts, even skipping class in high school to go work in the art room and taking summer math courses so I could focus on art during the school year. It was here that I had my first encounter with metal in a jewelry class.
College was the first big step on a long journey of discovering who I was. I went big focusing on installation and drawing. After school and traveling, I landed back into silversmithing and built up my skills taking classes for over 10 year period while I was teaching art. Currently, along with my partner, Dan Schaufele, I am making living creating jewelry!
Materials: Fine silver, Sterling silver, 18k gold, 24kgold foil, tourmaline
Dimensions: 1.24"x 1.5"
Piercing, keumboo (24k gold fused to silver), and stone setting techniques used.
Photo credit: Larry Sanders