From the first minute I was introduced to jewelry making, my love of creating large metal sculptures transformed in scale. Making fold formed jewelry from sterling silver and copper sheet still allowed me the noisy fun of hammering, pounding, firing and soldering metal, as well as the challenge of designing in a compact, pared down environment. And you really can’t beat being able to wear your art!
My recent work focuses on two areas: basse-taille enamel jewelry and functional insect-centric ceramics.
Basse-Taille describes semi-transparent enamel over embossed patterned copper. Embossed pattern is enhanced with black underglaze then multiple layers of semi-transparent enamel are applied and fired so that the pattern can be seen beneath the enamel. This labor intensive process created enamel components with great warmth and depth of color. Each piece is completely individual as the colors after firing vary slightly based on specific conditions. All links and components to complete the jewelry piece are sterling silver.
BUG OUT WARE is fully functional fine art ceramics. All of the pieces feature hand-drawn and hand-painted large and extremely colorful bugs as the main image. They are food safe, dishwasher safe and microwave safe. This is art that you can display as sculpture, use while eating your evening meal, or use while curling up with a good book!
I have been making art for a living most of my adult life. I began my career making murals, paintings, wall paper designs and furniture/sculptures for commercial clients commissioned through architect/interior design firms. I continued selling fine art paintings and sculptures through galleries up to the present. I design and build residential spaces and the specific art and built-in furniture within them. All of the 2-D and 3-D creative experiences I have had, inform and hopefully add richness to my ever changing artwork.