I hand craft sterling silver jewelry using traditional silver-smithing techniques. I love to turn an idea in my head into a 3-dimentional object. The purpose of my jewelry creations is to create happiness. When we look and feel beautiful it is the ultimate happiness. It makes me happy to create things and even happier to see my work adorning others.
How did you get into jewelry design?
It started with a family trip to a gem mine in NC. After seeing the gemstones we found created into jewelry, I had to learn to facet stones. I found a great little lapidary school in the hills of GA where I started on my jewelry creating journey.
What makes your collection unique?
I love mixing my metals. I have been using Sterling Silver and Copper in my jewelry designs and now I am adding some brass. I love the way the different colors highlight and contrast with each other.
What are your inspirations?
Often my supplies are the source of my inspiration. A beautiful stone knows what it wants to be. Sometimes I have a stone for a while before I know just how to make it into jewelry. It kind of percolates around in my head for a while. Other times when I see a gemstone I know immediately how I want it to turn out.
How are you making a difference in your life?
My jewelry creating has given me a new outlook on the world around me. I look at the earth and nature with an eye for inspiration and design ideas. God’s creation is an endless source of wonder and awe that I can reflect in metal.
What’s something unusual about you that makes you “you”?
I have a hard time being serious about life, almost about anything. I like to joke and tease. If I like you, I will tease you. It’s just what I do. Life is too short to be dull and gloomy.
What’s the biggest struggle in running your jewelry business like a business? OR What is your biggest success in running your business like a business?
My biggest struggle is making myself sit down and do the mundane things like the books, filing and keeping organized. Just like house cleaning, I figure if I ignore it, it will go away. But it really doesn’t.
I started taking art lessons from about the time I could walk (ok, maybe a little later than that)…my very first art class was “magic marker painting.” Since then it has been a lifetime of learning. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and creating…My day isn’t complete without doing something creative–even if it is just dreaming of design ideas (but I would prefer to be hammering and soldering metal!)