Making jewelry began as a hobby and turned into a fulfillment of my lifelong passion for making things with my hands. Never being a pen and paper artist, I have always had fun exploring the different arts and crafts that can be made with my hands and my imagination. As a primary teacher, art and nature were a way to inspire my students.
Jewelry design became my dream. After my first metal smith class, I was hooked. Put a hammer in my hand and I’m happy. I love to explore the shapes and textures that that can be found using the different metals. Using a rolling mill, I take items found in nature such as pampas grass or hydrangea leaves to imprint designs on copper and silver. Then, I use the textured metals to back beautiful cabochons that I set for pendants or rings. I have recently learned to cut and polish stones to use in my own designs.
Copper, brass and bronze have been added to my designs as well as many different tecniques such as enameling, India ink painting, and torching to add color giving my designs an interesting new dimension. Form folding, cold connections and chain maille adds other dimensions to my jewelry. I also make beads, chains and findings to complete my designs.
My three metal cuff bracelet appeared in the Courier Journal along with an article about a metal smith group that I belonged to called Sisterhood of the Flame. It was also chosen for the TJUC Winter Fair postcard. I was honored to win second place, Best of Show Award for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair 2019. I am also Past President of the Louisville Artisans Guild.
Making jewelry has become a means of relaxation and serenity for me. Each piece is uniquely designed and no two are exactly alike. I also enjoy making custom pieces for customers and friends. What I really enjoy though is the smile on someone’s face when they try on a piece of my jewelry and decides it’s perfect for them.