In 1992, I opened my studio after receiving a BFA in metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of American Craftsmen in upstate New York.
Since then my approach to jewelry design and manufacturing has been to rely exclusively on hand tools. This allows me to create each piece individually using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as hammering, soldering, chasing and forming. The foundation of most of my work is sterling silver but I also incorporate other materials including copper, seed beads, patinas and gold leaf. Texture plays a large role in my work and richness of color and surface effects are also important elements to me.
Recently I have begun collaborating with glass artist, Libby Leuchtman. She is creating glass cabochons in a variety of colors for many of my newest pieces.
My husband Russ and I have raised two children and currently reside in Labadie, Missouri. Living in a wooded rural setting with dogs, chickens and gardens inspires much of my work in the studio. I volunteer my time with CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children in foster care.
Locally, my work is sold in Washington, MO at Fern and Sycamore, regionally at Art Impressions Gallery in Sedalia MO and nationally at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, AL. I am a juried member of The Best of Missouri Hands and my work has been published in Creative Silver Chains A Lark Jewelry Book.