I’ve been teaching Metal Clay and metalsmithing classes for adult education programs since 2007, including classes at the Metal Museum. I have been a technical trainer in several of my ‘mainstream jobs’ since 2003 (2013 on it has been one of my primary job duties) so I am skilled at quickly assessing different learning types and working to accommodate those variations on the fly to ensure positive learning experiences for students. I’ve been making jewelry professionally since 1999, and prior to that, I made clothing and costumes (including a few award-winning ones!), including all the accessories, for myself, friends, and clients.
I love teaching- there is magic in sharing knowledge and it is very important to me that the knowledge I’ve gained through study and experience is passed on to others. Making things is also very important to me- it’s in my blood as my grandmother and grandfather were both artists and makers, in addition to their ‘mainstream jobs’. I think making things and passing that knowledge on is a vital form of connection.