I began my metalsmithing career at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia in 1986. I spent two years learning the basics of jewelry making and I also worked in a gallery that showcased jewelry artists from all over the world. I was very fortunate to work as an apprentice with three different artists in New York City from 1988 to 1991 before launching my own line of jewelry. In 1998, I moved to China and then Japan in 2001, returning to the US in 2005.
I create from sheet metal, wire and sometimes found objects. Semi precious stones add color and pearls add a sense of elegance.
Nature, nature and more nature. Architecture too.
Living in Asia helped me gain an appreciation for South Sea Pearls. They are produced by the saltwater oyster, Pinctada maxima. Most South Sea Pearls are cultivated in the waters around Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar). South Sea Pearls are cultivated for long periods of time, which allows them to develop a much thicker nacre than other pearls. They are more expensive but will last for generations to come. I enjoy using these precious materials to create somewhat contemporary yet classic designs.
Proud graduate of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)