Who, Me?

Artist, Silversmith, Maker of Strange (and Sometimes Beautiful) Things.

I love the adventure of discovering new uses for old things, especially turning forgotten collectibles into beautiful pieces of jewelry.

I transform vintage silverplated forks and spoons – as well as vintage finds like thimbles and belt buckles – into pendants, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Old broken china dishes find new life after I carefully cut and shape them, and set them into sterling silver. A lifelong rock collector, I love finding unusual mineral cabochons and beads, as well as the occasional fossil or meteorite, to take to my jeweler’s bench and turn into wearable art.

I like to think that all my pieces have stories to tell, whether it’s a Turkish bonbon spoon pendant, or English chintz china earrings – or the glass earrings that used to be a chipped Fenton Glass vase. Wear something that was something!

Always learning, always making.

I’ve been making and selling my art to people since I was a teenager. Back then, my workshop was in my bedroom, using an old sink cabinet left over from my parents’ kitchen remodel. I made doll house furniture, Christmas ornaments, stained glass windows, and painted landscapes on Mateus bottles and large rocks. (Don’t judge me about the Mateus bottles… it was the seventies, LOL.)

When my son was little I turned to sewing, producing muslin bunnies, Christmas stockings and potpourri pillows. I also assembed and painted model kits for several local comic shops.

Then I discovered Fire. Armed with my torch, I began making jewelry! I started with unique mineral cabochons and then tried setting broken china and glass. Another form of Fire came with my kiln and lampworking torch a few years ago, and now I’m playing with fused glass and lampworked glass beads.

Who knows what I’ll be making next? *grins*