Small wonders for wise, creative, adventurous souls who love good design
Feeling a later-in-life pull to create a personal body of work, I took up metalsmithing in 2015 as a sideline to my graphic design work. I still work with clients, but I wanted to practice my own aesthetic to its own end. To engage in physical work, to get my hands dirty, to make people feel creative, beautiful and interesting.
The small and intimate scale of jewelry appeals to me—something to hold in my hand, to turn over, to imagine the possibilities of the small parts scattered on my studio table. As an avid cook, perhaps it was the similar scale of vegetables and the activity of chopping that made jewelry a natural fit.
Jewelry also requires a participant. To have to consider how a piece will fit, hang and even change when worn by someone other than myself is an appealing challenge. But it’s more than that; it’s about connection to someone you might not ever meet. It’s about the threads that connect and the story the wearer imbues into what I’ve made. Jewelry also involves a viewer, creating the potential for interaction and acting as an ice breaker.
I travel the country participating in juried art and craft shows, and you can find my work in handful of galleries.
When asked where I get my inspiration, I might point to forms, patterns and structures transformed by time and the elements, revealing flaws and marks. Their spontaneous and accidental beauty compels me to render them as small wearable sculpture. To create a new language that feels both familiar and surprising.
I started with sterling silver and now explore a variety of material—wood, enamel, vintage electrical wire, leather, glass and polymer clay. My mind and hands are always hungry to discover and play. This keeps the work fresh and unexpected.
I still work with clients, dig in my garden, teach people to make pasta and occasionally offer branding and marketing workshops. If you want to be notified about these, drop me a line. For food photos, art, wanderings and other non-jewelry stuff, visit my personal Instagram page.
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If you like something in the gallery that isn’t in the shop, get in touch.
› Artful Home
› Bainbridge Arts & Crafts, WA
› Danaca Design Gallery, WA
› Gallery 360, Minneapolis, MN
› Pistachios Gallery, IL
› Planet Word Museum, Washington, DC
› Rowboat Gallery, OR
› American Craft Council
› Art Jewelry Forum
› Creative Metal Arts Guild, OR
› Northwest Designer Craftsmen
› Society of North American Goldsmiths