MEET THE ARTIST
A local class, taken years ago, in lost wax casting sparked my interest in making jewelry out of silver. Over the years I've expanded that interest into various forms of jewelry creation, including bead stitching and glass bead making. However, my first love of working with silver was renewed several years ago when I took a silversmithing workshop at the Goderich, Ontario Celtic College. I have since studied with many wonderful metalsmiths, and I enjoy creating with silver, copper and brass, often mixing my metals together in a piece.
After living and working in the northern woods of Michigan, and sailing on the Great Lakes, we sailed south, enjoying the beauty of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. We explored the East Coast and returned to land again near the ocean and marshes of North Carolina.
Now retired from teaching, I am devoting more time to creating my jewelry. I have always been inspired by nature, particularly trees and water. The rich blues and greens of the woods and lakes, the bright turquoise of the tropical seas, and the vivid colors of stones and shells all inspire my work. I like to incorporate these colors, as well as objects from the sea and earth, into my designs and creations.