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[Welcome] New Members for June 4, 2015

Please welcome our newest members…

Catherine Murphy
Atlanta, GA. USA

I have gotten into jewelry making the past few years and so far self
taught. I have a background in design and the arts. I also paint
portraits in oil.

Isolde Leonie Andrea Lekens-Mercer
Sittingbourne, Kent. UK

I have always loved rocks, and I always wanted to learn
silversmithing. Luck would have it that I could study with a
professional silversmith, who taught me a lot about traditional
smithing techniques. He also taught me to set stones, and of all the
ones I did, I loved the larger semi-precious ones best. And like most
jewellery makers, I used to buy them, mostly online. Until I learnt
about fake stones or stones that were not what the seller said they
were. After that I wondered how hard it would be to make my own. I
found someone to teach me, and here I am, making my own semi-precious
cabochons, some for myself, others for sale. And I LOVE it!!! I never
dreamed that I would be doing something I love this much! There is
treasure in every stone, beautiful colours, gorgeous patterns
heavenly structures, Mother Nature`s artwork. And my job is to bring
them out and share them with you. Be honest, what could be more
fulfilling? :wink:

James Cohen
Santa Fe, New Mexico. USA

Academicaly trained, started taking evening courses at the Torpedo
Factory, Alexandria, VA whie working as an attorney in the Pentagon.
Workshops at Penland, Arrowmont, Craftsummer, MFA U
Wisconsin-Madison. Maker focusing on judaica. Adjunct at UNM Taos.