My designs are as beautiful as the mountains in the state of Colorado where I am from and the Tucson desert where I live. You don’t need permission to live life beautifully and passionately and I am proof of that. Don’t just let life happen, make it happen.
“Happiness held is the seed;
Happiness shared is the flower.”
Are you the type of person that is fearless and always ready for an adventure? Do you want to take life by the horns and make it happen? My designs are bold, daring, and beautiful, just like the people who wear them.
I have been dreaming and living jewelry since I started making it as a child. In college, I took my dreams of making jewelry a step further and pursued metalsmithing classes. Then after college I found the Sweetman Allen studio. I would spend endless hours at this studio. Richard Sweetman, who I have named many of my pieces after was an invaluable resource for learning traditional jewelry techniques.
Now my passion and creativity shines, most recently, in my summer collection. I have managed numerous metalsmithing schools and studios including Denver School of Metal Arts, Colorado Center for Metal Arts and the Sweetman Allan Studio. We would have master metalsmith come from all over the world to teach! Fortunately, I learned a lot that translates to what I do now. Some of the inspiration for my pieces come from the time I spent in Ireland. The jewelry studio was in the old altar where mass was held. Lots of creativity takes place in the workhouse. The things I learned there and the beautiful surroundings still inspire me to this day and you will see the beauty of Ireland and my current surroundings in all of my designs.
About the technique I specialize in- I had the opportunity to attend a workshop on anticlastic raising years ago and knew right away that was the technique I wanted to use to bring my creations to life. The process is time-consuming and requires patience to create my intricate designs.Anticlastic raising was developed by the Irish some 2,500 years ago. In the late Bronze Age, they used primarily carat gold to create over the shoulder adornments, waist bands, and possibly necklaces. They hammered these artifacts using wood and antlers. Today the technique isn’t very common because just one bracelet requires between 1,000 and 2,000 blows with a hammer. I spend days hammering to create original handmade jewelry that are three demential sculptures. Sculptures you can wear!