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Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina allows me to get lost in the ripples and folds of the topography as I follow the twists and turns of the roads and observe vignettes. After these little trips, I sit at my bench and let the images resonate before they show up in my jewelry.
I spent my first 10 years working in fiber, creating wall hangings, window treatments, and even furniture via off-loom weaving and macrame’ techniques. A client once dared me to create wearable art "off the wall" resulting in self-taught jewelry skills which evolved as I exhibited my work at juried craft fairs in Florida, Maryland, Washington DC, and New York City, collecting awards and many challenging commissions for an international clientele. Moving to Western North Carolina in 1993 had a profound effect on my work. Somehow the majestic beauty of the mountains influenced the designs. I started creating pieces with unique stones as a focus which appear to be floating on forged wires of sterling silver, titanium, copper, 14k and 18k gold. These days, my jewelry designs have become a study of contrast. Metal textures have come into play with the three dimensional technique of chasing and repousse’. Other design paths have opened up incorporating the use of the hydraulic press and miniature pulse arc tig welder.
After 36 years of traveling to craft fairs all over the country, I had decided that it was time to slow down and devote more energy into “paying it forward” by teaching others to explore the wonders of jewelry. Teaching opportunities at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Wildacres Retreat, Wofford College and Tryon Arts & Crafts School gave me the confidence to open up my own school in a professional studio setting in 2006. Weekly classes and weekend workshops are offered at the Mountain Metalsmiths School of Jewelry & Lapidary, located just south of Asheville, NC. http://www.mmsjl.com