Compelled to Create
I have always loved jewelry -both collecting it and making it. When I was a teenager, I apprenticed every summer with the metalsmith in the town where I grew up. I learned all the basics of metalsmithing: how to use tools to bend and shape and manipulate metal, how to use a torch, how to file and saw. I was almost to the point of learning to set stones when I realized that I had to go get a “real” job in order to feed myself.
But I just couldn’t put the jewelry down. I continued to study, using every resource I could find. I have never been formally trained, but I have spent nearly every free moment of my adult life learning to make jewelry. I can’t tell you how many bench jewelers have been kind enough to let me hang out at their bench and bug them, asking questions, learning, and dreaming of doing this full time.
As I developed my skills, I made many items for friends and family, and eventually that grew to include a nice little word-of-mouth customer base.
About four years ago I decided it was time to spend all my time pursuing this lifelong passion. It’s a little scary, but the heart wants what it wants, right? So here I am today. Making jewelry for you. Making jewelry. Finally.