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  • Lisbon Falls, Me

I am drawn to natural, organic forms and traditional processes enhanced by an appreciation of the Japanese esthetic of wabi sabi. My joy as a maker comes from direct manipulation of the metal, using hand-finishing techniques. My jewelry features surface textures created through forging, fusing, répoussé, chasing, reticulation, granulation, and depletion gilding and is set with stones, many of which I do lapidary for unique stones that compliment the object's overall design.

I use my deep appreciation of traditional methods and natural materials as a source of inspiration to develop pieces reflective of the rich past of embellishment enhanced through contemporary design. I am one artist in a centuries-old line of makers reinterpreting ancient methods and materials with fresh concerns and ideas of our time.


My first jewelry experience began as a toddler with my parents giving me a gold ring, bracelet, and necklace with a locket to wear with a dark blue velvet dress. I loved it. At age eight, I received a gold ring with an opal whose "fire" was a source of endless wonder. I was hooked for life.

Like many others, I wanted to major in art during my undergraduate work, but decided to do something more "practical".  In winding down that other rewarding career, I rediscovered my love of crafting jewelry by enrolling in a metalsmithing program. So, making jewelry is becoming my Third Act. I think of it as saving the best for last!

Art Education:

University of Southern Maine, Enrolled in BFA program 1988 - 90

Denver Art Students League. 1991-93.

Metalsmith program (current) Rhode Island College

Haystack School of Crafts. Michael Good, Anticlastic Raising 2012

Metalwerx School for Jewelry. Michael Boyd, Designing with Stones 2015

Group exhibitions

FabRICate: Machines with Magnets Gallery              2016

Emergence: SNAG                                                            2015

Metallurgie: Chazan Gallery, Rhode Island College. 2015

Homecoming Jewelry Show, Rhode Island College  2014

Seed Competition: New England Style Week 2014

Efflux: Rhode Island College Jewelry & Metals Exhibition 2014

Convergence Symposium Student Art Showcase, Rhode Island College

2013 Alloy Symposium Student Art Showcase, University of Mass, Dartmouth 2012


International Precious Metals Institute (IMPI) 2016. Richard Casey Award, and Honorable Mention Award

International Precious Metals Institute (IMPI) 2015. Honorable Mention (2).

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.