I started making Jewelry in 1978 when I was given a Rock Tumbler while still in High School. I would tumble stones and buy manufactured findings which I would glue on. I would sell them to other students and teachers at the School Art Bazaar. When I was in College, I graduated to Silversmithing and would set up a table in the Campus Center. I have had several careers in my lifetime but always seem to return to my passion for Jewelry Making.
I was first introduced to Metal Clay in 2010 when I took a course at a local studio. I immediately fell in love with the medium and have been using it for jewelry ever since. For the most part I experimented on my own and learned by trial and error. I bought my first kiln in 2014 a Speedfire Mini which was a great beginner kiln. In 2016 I bought my first programable kiln. To expand my knowledge, I took some beginner workshops at a local Bead Store and found that I already knew most of the information from making things on my own and then found myself ahead of the other students. I also took some more advanced workshops at an Art Museum. I continue to watch other artists live or in U-Tube videos.
Currently my inspiration for my jewelry is nature and I incorporate this into my pieces, using leaves, shells and other natural objects. Now Camp PMC Certified to teach I have decided to pass my knowledge on to others interested in exploring the world of Precious Metal Clay.