I grew up spending hours in my mother's woodshop building strange little sculptures out of glue and wood scraps and watched her work. As I got older, she gave me sanding assignments. Though I dreaded the tedium of sanding (60, 80, 180, 220, 320, 400, 600 grit, repeat), I witnessed dull, rough surfaces transform into velvety, sleek skin that seemed to glow with life from within.
My first exposure to jewelry making was in high school, but it wasn't until after graduating college in 1999 that I revisited metalsmithing. I took classes at Atlanta art centers and in 2001 went to Penland School of Craft for a 2 month concentration. My experience at Penland was life changing and I left there resolved to pursue this craft as a profession.
It took me a while to get here, to find my voice in this medium, but I realize the last ten years of studio practice have given me the technical confidence to experiment, take risks and ultimately, give life to that voice. I'm reminded of my mother's sanding tasks and what I learned from them: there are no shortcuts. If you want a lovely, smooth surface when you're finished, you can't skip any grits.
When it comes to my style, I strive towards balance and movement in asymmetrical forms and maintain the fan/feather motif as an anchor in many pieces. The strength of each piece lies in its design and careful fabrication....all by my own hand. My work begins in my sketchbook. I complete several drafts of an idea until I’m satisfied with the result. As the child of a furniture maker, the possessor of countless Indian scarves and a degree in art history, I draw on a rich supply of material.
In addition to designing and fabricating, I'm happy to be helping others involved in this craft. I work part-time assisting talented Atlanta jewelry designer, Lainey Papageorge, I teach beginning to intermediate metalsmithing at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center and I'm active in the Georgia Goldsmiths Guild.
Thank you for visiting. Please get in touch for any reason, but particularly if you'd like to commission a custom piece or order jewelry inspired by something that may already be sold on this site. I can accommodate many styles and budgets.