My jewelry and metal art are constructed from a variety of metals which are often manipulated so that they mimic the look and characteristics of other, softer materials. Inspired by flowing forms observed both in nature and in draping textiles, I create small quantities of finely crafted sterling silver jewelry and small sculptural containers and holloware by transforming flat, stiff sheets of metal into simple, sculptural forms with an illusion of softness and movement. I form the metal by hand – through hammering, softening with heat, twisting by hand, and often more hammering – into elegant, casual, and intriguing works of art, incorporating textures and colors into the work. The resulting pieces have soft, flowing contours that can stir a quiet, inner sense of balance and beauty.
I began working in metal when I took my first jewelry classes with Courtney Grey at Creative Side Jewelry Academy in Austin Texas. I fell in love with the material and continue to take metalsmithing classes and workshops when possible. I have participated in concentration classes in metals at Penland School of Crafts with incredibly talented artists Lola Brooks and Ndidi Ekubia, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts with Michael Good, the master of anticlastic raising, and at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts with John Cogswell. I have also studied with Bob Weaver in Austin, and with Sandie Zilker, Nathan Dube, and Jan Harrell at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, where I am enrolled in the Diploma Certificate program.
I get lost in the process of making. I find it fascinating that metal can be softened and formed into fluid shapes resembling ribbons and fabric folds, and that it can also be folded and built into rigid three-dimensional structures and containers. It can be stretched or compressed and worked into both organic and geometric shapes, the combination of which I find very intriguing. Working in metal is exciting and dynamic. I love experimenting to find out just what it can do.