The designs I create are meant for those that desire the unique. Each piece has come from my life, my clients, the study of art, history and architecture and waking up at 3 am. Mostly it comes from the words "what if?" I love texture, sensuous shapes and ease of wearing.
In my 50s I started creating jewelry and with the desire to create more and to become professional at it all thoughts of retirement went out the door. I went back to school and started my life over.
From 2000 to 2003 I created jewelry using Phoenix College and the Mining and Mineral Museum as well as books for my education. In 2004 and 2005 I complete diplomas at GIA in design and gemology as well as completing the Jewelry Technician program at Revere. From these wonderful schools I learned the traditional and new techniques of creating jewelry.
I added a wonderful tool to my box when I started designing using Computer Aided Design. I continued creating clasps and components to use in my jewelry. Friends asked if I would sell these components to them so I did. I had the opportunity to acquire HandFast in 2008 which added wonderful things to my collection. I work with my casting house to create limited production hand finished pieces for my customers, I create finished jewelry myself and I use the components I have designed in these pieces.
With my process I take my sketches and recreate them on my computer using 3D CAD. I may incorporate images from photography and textures from nature. The files I create are then made into waxes. The wax master is used to create a mold so that my idea can be replicated using lost wax casting - one of the oldest ways to make jewelry.
What you are buying when you buy from me are one of a kind or limited production pieces that are proudly made in two small family owned casting houses in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The place I call home is an unincorporated community an hour from Sedona and Prescott Arizona near the iconic Arcosanti. I live in a rose colored double wide on the edge of a wilderness.