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My work is inspired by architecture, geology & topographic maps. I create structural, graphic interpretations of peaks, valleys & fields hand carved, forged and folded in sterling & gold w/ bold gem accents.
I grew up in a steel mill town in the Laurel Highlands of the Appalachian Mountains. Being surrounded by beautiful rolling hills juxtaposed by bridges, railroads and industry greatly affected my design sensibility. My work is geometric, often mechanical and natural influences are stripped down to their core shapes.
When I was five years old, I announced to my parents that I was going to be an artist and as a high school student I discovered my passion for metals while making a large scale welded steel sculpture. Metal + Hammer + Fire = LOVE! I have been working in metal ever since and began my jewelry business after majoring in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University.
I now make my home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greenville, South Carolina with my husband Ben Gilliam and our two sons Ben, also a metal artist and a Southern Highland Guild member, teaches at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.