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I am an industrial designer by day and a jewelry artist by night. Creating jewelry is a way for me to explore forms, materials, colors and inspirations from nature in a way that designing for mass production cannot. The industrial design training seeps into the jewelry however, in the simplification of the forms, the minimal decoration, and the mechanical solutions for assembly.
I think of jewelry as a kind of a talisman, something that means something to the wearer. The meaning may be represented in the actual stones or components, in the forms and images, or more hidden in the way they hold a memory of a person or a place or event. This is what I think about when I make a piece, and I want it to mean something to the person who wears it, even if it not the same meaning that it has for me.
I have always disliked commercial jewelry and for a long time made my own stuff from beads I found. My jewelry venture began in earnest when I made a few necklaces from remelted shards of art glass I got from Snake Oil Glassworks in Mottville. I started working with precious metal clay in 2004 after a friend gave me a cast-off laboratory kiln. After a little work to get it running the floodgates opened. All the stones and shells, bits of glass, old buttons and interesting hardware I’ve collected over the years began finding its way into the pieces, either directly or as borrowed forms. It was soon apparent to me I need to learn traditional silversmithing techniques to add to the clay pieces I was making. I taught myself how to crocheted beaded ropes for pendants and bracelets. I confess to be a learning curve junkie, and am now taking a lapidary class to be able to shape some of those stones I have found.
Today my jewelry is a mixture of techniques and materials, choosing the best method to find sculptural and functional solutions for the design challenges I create for myself. My art is a work in progress and I am enjoying the adventure.
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