I've been making jewelry off and on for about 30 years now. It took me a while, but I just took the giant step of joining a juried gallery cooperative in my hometown. I am proud to be counted as a member with the talented artists of the Micropolis Gallery in Gloversville, NY. I'm mostly self-taught, but learning fine silver fusing through a distance-learning course taught by Iris Sandkuhler completely revolutionized my metal-working capabilities. The latest technique I've become obsessed with is fold-forming, which has thrown open the door to limitless design capabilities. Oh, and I've discovered copper! Jewelry making has become a great foil for my daytime job, which is working as a Medical Technologist in a hospital lab...Lab work-left brain, jewelry design-right brain. I can't wait to get on the forums on this site.