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I want my work to challenge viewers/users preconceived notions of what a specific type of judaica should look like.  Designs often incorporate cultural references, such as a Kiddush Cup with a stem made from LEGOS, or a Seder Plate dewigned as a bento box.  Items must never lose n their functionality regadless of their appearance.

I began metalsmithing by taking classes at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA in the early 1990's.  At that time I was working as an attorney on the Pentagon.  A few years later and an important trip to Penland I decided to make metalsmithing my career.  I attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received an MFA.  I have been a full time metalsmith, student and maker, since leaving the law in 1997.

I currently live in Santa Fe, NM and specialize in the making of judaica.  In addition to my practice I am an Adjunct Professor of Jewelry/Metalsmithing at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM.  I previously held a similar position at University of New Mexico-Taos, Taos, NM.

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