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I have always enjoyed texture.  I love the way different materials can come together to create unexpected surfaces.  The life of the object happens at the connection between materials or even within them as smooth gives way to a rough, soft meets hard, and straight takes an unexpected turn.  Color only allows this contrast more fully to emerge, either as a subtle counterpoint in the background or in a full, orchestral blast.

Metal offers a rigid background to which movement and color can be added.  It is fun and challenging to coax metal into various forms while adding other materials for balance.  I enjoy the opportunity to play with a torch to soften metal and paint it with heat-induced patterns and colors.  To this background I add a touch of whimsy with recycled materials and found objects.  I want my jewelry to bring joy to people and allow them to express themselves.

I live in a small, rural town in Wisconsin.  A friend talked me into taking a metal jewelry-making class, and I haven't looked back since then.  I enjoy finding odd objects and tin cans and figuring out how to combine them into unusual pieces of jewelry.  I have a tiny studio tucked into the basement of the home I share with my husband and son.  Our two cats really enjoy being involved in the jewelry creation process.  Who knew that pliers handles tasted so good!  I like to create jewelry that makes the wearer feel special.

Where to Buy

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