Gilding the Lily Since 1989...
I am currently working on a limited edition holiday ornament for Penland School, which will be available in June. I'm also preparing for the June Toe River Studio Tour with new styles of earrings and medallions inspired by a "love token" pendant I inherited from my great great grandmother. The tokens can be hand engraved by my friend and amazing metalsmith, Seth Gould. Images soon to come in a new section featuring newest work!
I hope that my work conveys a sense of humor, warmth and elegance. I believe in jewelrys potential to be symbolic, sentimental, superfluous, necessary, and even hopeful. To minimize my impact on the environment, I use recycled metal, look for responsibly mined gemstones, and use non-toxic material wherever possible.
In much of my jewelry, I use the remarkable lost-wax casting process. It enables me to transform soft, pliable wax into intricate metal objects. I leave marks on my pieces that emphasize that they are made by hands. Each cast piece is unique.
Visit my museum section to see the Gallery of Past Work
, which includes Earrings
, and Brooches
. And if you would like to tour my studio and see some things I find wildly amusing, go to Curious Things You Might Need to See
I also make custom jewelry in consultation with clients, incorporating their own personal meaning and materials. If you have any questions or would like to discuss a custom order, please contact me.
Thank you for visiting!