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I create jewelry primarily out of sterling silver and semi-precious gem stones. My work has been strongly influenced by Native American and Mexican silversmiths and uses traditional silversmith techniques. The method I use is "fabrication" and involves constructing pieces from metal sheet and wire that is cut and soldered without the use of forms, molds or casting. Other techniques used to embellish the metal include hammering, embossing and patinas.
Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Elmira College, Elmira, New York, 1982
Moved to North Freedom, Wis., 1983
Began making beaded jewelry, 1993
Member of the Sauk County Art Association, 1993 to present
Took concurrent Art Metal classes at Madison Area Technical College, 1994
Rose quartz ring image included in "1,000 Rings" by Lark Books, 2001
Created "Brown Swiss" mosaic cow for the Madison Cow Parade, 2006. The piece is included in the book "Cow Parade Wisconsin," by Orange Frazer Press.