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The balance between my aesthetic and a successful function defines my creative approach to product design in silver. I am inspired by the concept of enhancing domestic functional rituals through traditional techniques underpinned by a contemporary approach to design and production.

As art and function combine to create design for living, utilizing an object to perform a function contributes to that design. In my view, functional objects display both the visual and conceptual relationship between art and living. Specifically, through the intrinsic ideas of my work’s visual theme, function, and ergonomics this relationship is exhibited and accentuated. For me using a teapot that inspires thought and effectively works enhances the process of making tea. The activities of contemplation, favorable usage, and successful function take place within one domestic ritual. My work strives to demonstrate this theme and is inspired by interaction with functional objects.

Fine craftsmanship is an equally important aspect of my work. My design approach is not steered by fashion or trends, but focuses on timeless quality that is durable and lasts. I am devoted to exceptional craftsmanship and all of my work is exquisitely fabricated by hand. My concepts vary for different series, but all of my work is unified by elegant design.

Additionally, designing and creating custom commission jewelry and objects for clients is another facet to my metalsmithing. A commission piece merges the client’s vision for a specific object with my technical and artistic ability. For me this combination is a unique approach to designing, because it creates an opportunity for my work to take a new direction.

Originally from Aiken, South Carolina, I grew up in my family’s hardware and appliance business. This experience directly influenced my interest in creating three-dimensional objects. During high school I became enthusiastic about sculpture and jewelry, so I took the industrial tech class and learned to weld.

After high school graduation I attended Winthrop University and in 2002 received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metals. Immediately after I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and began my studies for my Master of Fine Arts degree also at Winthrop University. Correspondingly, while earning my MFA, I interned at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, taught Jewelry II and III classes as well as numerous jewelry workshops at Winthrop University. For both of my degrees I studied under Alfred Ward, an internationally acclaimed English silversmith from London.

After graduating in 2005 with a MFA in Silversmithing and Design and a Minor in Sculpture, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina and started my business. I design and create all of my original, handcrafted designs in my Charleston studio. In addition to my work as an artist, I am frequently commissioned by individuals to create unique silver and gold pieces.

My work has been exhibited internationally in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany and nationally in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Palm Beach, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, Ohio, Tennessee, and Missouri. Additionally, I have been featured in The Magazine Antiques, Traditional Home, Elle Décor, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Weddings, Charleston Mercury, Winthrop Magazine, Aiken Standard and on Charleston Magazine TV, Lowcountry Live, and the TV show Handcrafted America. My silver objects have been featured on the covers of Metalsmith and Charleston Magazine.

In 2012 I was honored with the Made in the South Award in the Home category from Garden & Gun magazine and in 2011 with The Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Additionally, in April 2014 Historic Charleston Foundation honored me with the Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award. Finally, I collaborated with Reese Witherspoon's Southern lifestyle company Draper James on an exclusive silver bowl in 2015.

MFA Silversmithing and Design with a Minor in Sculpture, Winthrop University, 2005
BFA Jewelry and Metals, Winthrop University, 2002

New York Silver, Then and Now, Museum of the City of New York, June 28, 2017–June 2018, Curator: Jeannine Falino
Unconventional Departures, Winthrop University Jewelry/Metals Department Exhibition, Winthrop University Galleries, February 21-March 4, 2017
An Eye for Opulence: Charleston through the Lens of the Rivers Collection, The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, November 21, 2015–January 10, 2016, Curator: Brandy Culp
Hollowware, Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, July 31-November 15, 2015
Carolina Makers, SC State Museum, Columbia, SC, April 18, 2015–February 7, 2016, Curator: Paul Matheny
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 5-9, 2014
Architectural Digest Home Design Show, New York City, March 22-25, 2012
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 10-13, 2011
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 22-27, 2011
Setting the Mood: The Artful Table, National Juried Exhibition, Craft Alliance Delmar Loop Gallery, St. Louis, MO, May 21-July 11, 2010, Juror: Bruce Hoffman, Director of Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
Poetry in Silver, Schoonhoven Silver Award 2009 presented by Silver Art Foundation, exhibition tour included The Water Tower in Schoonhoven, The Netherlands, Design Museum Gent, Belgium, and The International Design Museum Munich, Germany
The Infinite Teapot, Ohio Craft Museum Invitational, Feb. 1-March 29, 2009
Solo Exhibition at Tennessee Tech University, Appalachian Center for Craft, Jan. 6-Feb.10, 2009
Represented by Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2008-2009
Re>Visit:1, Alumni Exhibition Invitational, Winthrop University Galleries, Nov. 10, 2008-Jan. 22, 2009
Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC, Founder’s Circle Gala 2007
Craft Forms 2007, 13th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Juror: Mark Leach, Curator for Mint Museum of Craft + Design
Mesa Contemporary Arts’ 29th Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Mesa, AZ, Juror: Michael Monroe, Executive Director and Curator of Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Washington
Southeastern Invitational Craft Exhibition, Curated by Mark Leach, Curator for Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Bascom-Louise Art Gallery, Highlands, NC, 2007
Materials: Hard and Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX, Juror: Paula Owen, President and CEO of the Southwest School of Art & Craft located in San Antonio, TX, 2007
The Expression of the Functional Object, Solo Exhibition, City Gallery at Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC, 2006
Reinterpreting the Vessel, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2006
Materials: Hard and Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX, Juror: Llyod E. Herman, former Director of Smithsonian Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, 2006
Craft Forms 2005, 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, Juror: David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator of Museum of Arts and Design NY
Craft USA ’05 National Craft Triennial, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, Juror: Gail M. Brown
Spotlight 2005, American Craft Council Southeast Region Annual Juried Exhibition, The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Hendersonville, NC, Juror: David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator of Museum of Arts and Design NY

Daughters of the American Revolution, American Heritage Contest, National Third Place in Crafts: Jewelry and Metalwork category, 2017
Samuel Gaillard Stoney Conservation Craftsmanship Award, Historic Charleston Foundation, 2014
Made in the South Award, Home category, Garden & Gun Magazine, 2012
The Eric Berg Prize for Excellence in Metal at the 35th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, 2011
The Rio Grande Jewelry and Silversmithing Award for Craft USA ’05, 2005

Constantin Boym for the Museum of the City of New York, 2017
Draper James, Southern lifestyle company by Reese Witherspoon, 2015

Rio Grande Saul Bell Design Award Judge, 2017
SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition, North Charleston Arts Festival, 2016

Winthrop University, Fine Arts Alumni Presentation Series, January 2017
Luxury Simplified, “A Sterling Opportunity” presentation with Brandy Culp, Peter Bocquet House in Charleston, SC, November 2, 2016
Society of North American Goldsmiths SNAG NeXt Conference, SNAGspark Lecture "Bridging Art and Fashion", Asheville, NC, May 2016
South Carolina Silver Society, SC State Museum, Columbia, SC, November 2015
Gibbes Museum of Art Women’s Council of the Carolina Art Association, Charleston, SC, May 2012
Women's Study Club of Ridge Spring, Art Center in Ridge Spring, SC, September 2012

Metalsmith, “Twenty-first Century Silver: Not Your Grandmother’s Tea Set” by Jeannine Falino, Volume 38 No. 1, February 2018
Antiques & Fine Art, “A Dialogue in New York Silver, Then and Now” by Sara Spink and Jeannine Falino, 18th Anniversary issue, 2018
The Magazine Antiques, “Polished Performances” by Marisa Bartolucci, September/October 2017 issue
Southern Home, “Southern Hospitality” by Margaret Zainey Roux, Holiday 2016 issue
Metalsmith, “Southern Silver” by Andrea DiNoto, Volume 36 - Number 3, 2016
Forbes, "12 Decadent Host and Hostess Gifts", by Vivienne Decker, July 24, 2015
Women’s Wear Daily, “Song of the South” by Rosemary Freitelberg, May 6, 2015 issue
Architectural Digest Daily AD, "Reese Witherspoon Launches a Southern-Inspired Lifestyle Brand" by Colleen Egan, May 12, 2015 issue
Charleston Magazine, “Shine On!” in Style File/Buzz section, May 2015 issue
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Silver Chic” by Linda Jerkins, Sunday, April 19, 2015 issue
Eide, “Interior that Counts” by Meghan Jackson, Spring 2015 issue
Traditional Home, “Silver Belles”, by Julia Szabo and Doris Athineos, October 2014, 25th Anniversary Issue
Elle Décor, “Sterling Character”, September 2014, 25th Anniversary Issue
Charleston Weddings, “Silver Belles” by Molly Hutter, Spring 2013 Issue
Garden & Gun, "Third Annual Made in the South Awards", by Vanessa Gregory, Elizabeth Hutchison and Edward Nickens, Dec 2012/Jan 2013 Issue
Charleston Magazine, “Landmark Idea”, Dec 2012 Issue
Art Aurea Magazine, “Poesie in Silber”, October 2009 Issue, Munich, Germany
Design Diffusion Edizioni Magazine, “Poetry in Silver”, November Issue, Milan, Italy
Financial Times, “Heavenly Metal” by Cordelia Jenkins, Nov. 28, 2009 Issue, London, England
Charleston Weddings, Winter 2009 Issue, “Past Presence” by Jen Banowetz
Charleston Magazine, December 2009 Issue, “Hallmark Ornaments”
Charleston Weddings, Winter 2008 Issue, Aisle Style Profile “Precious Metal” by Ellie Somerville
Charleston Magazine, Cover of April Issue and Art Spread “Organic Matters” by Matthew Scott
Southern Living “People and Places” October 2007 Issue by Pat Wilens
Charleston Magazine March Design Issue Feature “By Their Own Design” by Colleen Troy
Metalsmith, Review of exhibition “Reinterpreting the Vessel” at Perimeter Gallery in Chicago by Lynn Cool

Handcrafted America, INSP tv show segment, October 27, 2017
Made in the Carolinas: Kaminer Haislip, Time Warner Cable, Segment by Richard Green, March 25, 2016
Lowcountry Live, ABC News 4 Charleston, Interview on tv show about silver designs
Charleston Magazine TV, “By Their Own Design” studio visit and demonstration

Redux Contemporary Art Center Studio Renter, Charleston, SC, 2005-2017
Jewelry Workshop Instructor, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC, 2006-2017
Part-Time Faculty, Foundations Instructor, Art Institute of Charleston, Charleston, SC, 2007-2014
Arts Coordinator for City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, North Charleston, SC, 2005-2007
The Silver Vault and The Brass and Silver Workshop, Charleston, SC, 2005
Jewelry II and III Graduate Assistant Instructor, Winthrop University, 2004-2005
Arts Express Instructor, Winthrop University, 2003-2005
Mint Museum of Craft + Design Intern and Docent, Charlotte, NC, 2004-2005

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