“I love creating beautiful objects. As a wood worker for over 30 years, I have designed and built numerous pieces of furniture. Wood will always be a medium that I enjoy, but for the last six years I have been making silver, gold and gemstone jewelry. I enjoy translating the same flowing lines that I use in furniture-making to the much smaller scale of wearable art.
“I was a silver smith when I met my husband in 1977. He was a woodworker, and I became enamored with this new medium. Now I am enjoying going back to my roots. The primary material that I work in is Argentium silver, which is a modern sterling silver alloy that was created in the 1990s. It has some different qualities than traditional sterling silver. By replacing some of the copper in sterling silver with germanium, Argentium silver is highly tarnish-resistant and it fuses very well. I add textures by roller printing, stamping and forging.
“Anothernew material that I am enjoying working with is precious metal clay. I can make impressions of natural objects and textures in the clay, which becomes pure silver after firing, ready to add to a jewelry design. I also add touches of gold and gemstones to most of my pieces.
“I feel lucky to feel so inspired once again. My goal is to keep making jewelry, exploring new textures and techniques, and to keep adding to my rapidly expanding collection of hand tools for jewelry-making.”
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