I choose to use metal that has a history, silver plated trays, brass and copper things someone once had in their home, and then decided to cast aside because it had no value to them anymore. I love to make things people thought had no value into beautiful art.
I am mostly self taught. I had a few lessons from a local metalsmith who taught sawing, and a bit of soldering. When I first started this journey, I had very little money to buy supplies, tools or to take the lessons I needed, but if you are a metalsmith, you know how it gets in your bones, and you just have to do it anyway. I used metal I already had in the form of silver plated trays from the thrift store. I was alarmed when I first put the puny torch I had on the metal, but then loved the results. It was years before I realized the reason I couldn't solder well was because of the puny torch, but as a result, I have a very unique look to my style, and though not everyone's taste, some love. Now I have the proper torch, but instead of using it to finely solder, I use it to beat the tar out of the metal, and produce a rich fire patina that no one can copy.
Two week class at Alchimia Jewelry School in Florence Italy
One week workshop with Andy Cooperman
One week workshop with Amy Tavern
Weekend workshop with Cynthia Eid.
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.