I’d like to share some of my background. Some of my fondest memories from growing up in the Washington DC area are of family trips to craft centers in the Appalachians and Blue Ridge mountains where I enjoyed seeing things that people made with their own hands – weaving and pottery and most of all handmade jewelry!
I earned a PhD in chemistry followed by a career as a chemist in several government laboratories. After grad school I took advantage of opportunities to learn more about how jewelry is made and to study how gemstone cabochons are cut. Learning how to create settings for the stones was next. That led me into silversmithing and wire wrapping. I guess I’m a perpetual student – I loved all of it.
A chance conversation with a colleague at a summer chemistry conference introduced me to belly dancing. I took a couple of classes and I was hooked! I was entranced by the movements, the music, and especially the costuming and the jewelry. It was a wonderful opportunity to dress up and become someone mysterious! I started selling jewelry and music to other dancers. This eventually grew into a full time business which I sold after many fun filled years of dancing, designing and selling costuming and jewelry.
I’m passionate about what I’m doing and I am so energized by the designs I’m creating now that I want to share them with all my friends. The process of designing and creating fascinates and excites me. My own eclectic approach to life and living is reflected in each of my creations and of course I love to see my jewelry worn and enjoyed by others.
I work primarily in silver, gold, pearls, and gemstones. My jewelry is hand constructed piece by piece from the finest materials. I particularly love doing custom pieces where I can work with the client to create pieces that reflect their aura and personality.
I moved to NM because this part of the country is the most deeply inspiring place I have ever been. I love the colors in the landscapes and especially the sky and the clouds with their ever changing patterns!
I want my jewelry to communicate the excitement I feel about being in NM. Texture is a fundamental element in many of my designs and I especially love textures and patterns taken from nature. I see wonderful textural elements in the rocks and plants around me and I incorporate those textures in my jewelry using small hand tools and a chasing hammer.