Every time I walked into a bead store, I was mesmerized by all the colors of the earth and water… just hanging there on a piece of string. I wanted to capture their beauty and give them the rightful home they deserved. This is how my journey as a metalsmith and jewelry designer began.
Most of what I create is ‘One of a Kind’ as my work is ever evolving and my knowledge continually expanding. Although I still love the sparkle of gems, I have become more intrigued by the metal itself. I am captivated by its malleability and forgiving nature. After exploring several techniques of metal forming, I discovered that I could use my precious scraps to create dramatic textures demonstrated on my hinged cuffs in Married Metals. The distressed appearance ensures years of beauty for the wearer besides adding to its unique characteristics. From there I explored fold forming and my collection “Beyond the Garden Gate” grew! With a lot of practice I was able to transform a flat sheet of metal into a sensual sculpture giving it dimension beyond fabrication. The outcome demonstrates a feminine quality, both playful and spirited, and truly reflects my personality. Production work is my nemesis! I avoid it at all costs, but as they say “necessity is the mother of all invention”. After much trial and error, I developed a unique formula for patination with copper that resulted in some spectacular hues and detail with only a flame and a secret recipe. My collection “Copper Fields Forever” is warm and alluring like the painted hills we see in the distance here in Central Oregon.
The Magic Begins…
Jewelry making is my passion! It’s been very challenging creating forms that meet function… art hanging from the ear… but this is what I love about jewelry making! I feel the alchemy churning and burning in my soul and it evokes a satisfaction I have never experienced with any other medium. I can’t wait to learn something new every time I go to the bench knowing that there is no horizon… it is infinite.
My vision is to capture the light so it reflects like the stars on the darkest night or the full moon dancing on a cascading Waterfall…so became the name Silver Falls Jewelry.”