I am thrilled to be the Featured Jeweler at Mora Gallery in Asheville for December 2016. I have created a special body of work for the show, incorporating animal imagery, a series of lockets and pendants, and a new stone setting inspired by Georgian period stone settings that I have wanted to master for years. Hope you will be able to stop by and see the show. I will be at the reception on Friday, December 9th from 5 to 8pm.
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. The cast pieces are inspired by sources ranging from historical jewelry, to Dutch still-life painting, to Beatrix Potter. Each one has a slightly different personality. I embrace tiny imperfections in the stones and surfaces - that way the Evil Eye won't want them!