My goal is to tease the nectar out of metal, bring it to life, create an emotion. My work ranges from big brass door knocker earrings to heirloom warrior hair combs and cuff bracelets. My latest collection has brought the word powerful to the lips the wearer. Jewelry has always been very personal for me, my grandmothers collection was handed down to me and before she died she shared her stories of each piece. If I am doing my job correctly a little bit of personal history is created, a story that captures a moment in time. I aim to share something special that is of high quality and will last to pass on to the next generation or a best friend.
Each piece is carefully crafted beginning with the research and drawing process, I find a few seemingly unconnected themes with common threads and weave them together to create a cohesive collection. From there I use a variety of metalsmithing techniques to bring my sketches to life. I tend to enjoy small rituals that make me crazy at times but in the end bring great satisfaction such sawing shapes of sheet metal and meticulously texturing the front and back of each piece. It ends up being a meditation of sorts. I meld ancient forms of working with the material and a little bit of new technology. Every step of the process is made in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
I am often asked where I get my inspiration from, my latest answer is how could I not be inspired? We are surrounded by so much majestic beauty, you just have to take the time to slow down, pay attention and notice it.