I learned jewelry design and metal working techniques at the University of Maryland in the mid-seventies. From 1977 to 1985 I was the resident metalsmith at a retail craft store, The Craftsmen of Chelsea Court, in Washington, D.C. Here I did mainly custom work and repairs. At this time much of my jewelry was first carved in wax and then cast in silver or gold.
When the store closed, I went home to work and created my first wholesale line of jewelry. It was at this point that I realized I actually enjoyed working directly in the metal more than casting.
For the past twenty-five years I have been producing an ever evolving line of fabricated silver jewelry. I sell to craft stores through out the country and exhibit at a limited number of retail craft shows. For fifteen of these years, I had a studio at The Rockville Arts Place in Rockville, Maryland.
My jewelry is classic but contemporary. I was taught that jewelry has to have a flow. I am addicted to stones-agates and jaspers, etc. I like the textures of schists and druses. I like the rustic beside the smooth, finely polished. I combine these elements to make wearable, one of a kind pin-pendants.
In my latest jewelry I am combining beach stones with pearls and sand dollars.
Oct. 5 – 6 Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Craft – Millville, NJ
Oct. 11 – 12 Sugarloaf Crafts Festival – Gaithersburg, MD
Oct. 19 – 20 Academy Art Museum Craft Show – Easton, MD
Dec. 13 – 15 Holiday Craft Morristown – Morristown, NJ
Stores and Galleries
Waygoose Redux – Bethesda, MD www.thewaygoose.com
Appalachian Spring – MD, VA, D.C. www.appalachianspring.com
Imagine – Skaneateles, N.Y.
JJ Fish – Berlin, MD
Environmental Realists – Sedona, AZ
Grovewood Gallery – Asheville, N.C. www.grovewood.com