Ever since I was a young girl, I have enjoyed the creative process. In the last decade, I discovered a new medium…metal. Recently, I was surprised to learn that my great grandparents owned a jewelry store in New York City. I realize now that I inherited their passion along with some useful tools (which I adore) of the trade.
I respect the creative process of metal smithing and I thoroughly enjoy working with metals. I love how it can flow and bend. Often there are multiple projects in process on my work bench. Sometimes, as I glance over the projects, the ah hah moment happens…I sense what needs to be done to move the project along. Some pieces are based on nature while others have historic origins. When the natural and historic sides come together, a unique piece of jewelry comes to life.
Water and straw broom casting with molten silver are two favorite techniques I use to create flowing organic silver sculptures. Water casting produces small cup shapes, into which I set pearls. These pieces can give the appearance of seashells or bird nests. Broom casting produces silver icicles. Some of the castings of each process are combined to create unique jewelry pieces.
Some of my pieces feature a beautiful single stones while in others I use several stones for a more dramatic visual affect. Also, I use fossils or architectural materials such as pieces of antique stained glass and nails salvaged from a 19th century church that burned down in Downingtown, PA.
An equaling stimulating process is created by fusing and roll printing. With this process, I can create intricate designs in textured surfaces. In my fused pieces I often see natural forms among the textures and design the piece around those forms. To make those features more visible I enhance with 24KT gold followed by a patina. This process reveals the texture and shows the depth of layers through the contrast of color. When more variation in color is desired, I set a stone into the piece.