Inspired by the strength of modern, minimal design, I aim to create jewelry that empowers the wearer. For me, my jewelry reminds me of who I am and what (and who) is important to me, particularly in the fast-paced creative workplace that challenges me on a daily basis.
I am drawn to sculptural forms inspired by nature and architecture and love the way that minimalism can embrace both beauty and strength. I'm fascinated with nature's complex systems and how they mirror what it means to be human. I keep coming back to seed pods, which nurture potential in their tiny armored enclosures.
I enjoy experimenting with unconventional materials, but still find the challenges of manipulating metal exhilarating. I make design choices that make my work labor intensive - complex shapes, thicker gauge metals, and meticulous finishes that elevate the final pieces. I value comfort and durability and use ethically sourced materials and sustainable practices wherever possible. I want to make jewelry that will be there for the wearer for many years to come.
I grew up wielding power tools and craft materials in Minnesota and have always been most happy doing something creative.
After completing a B.S. in Biology and a M.A. in Linguistics, I left to travel the world with a backpack and a camera. Five years later I returned to the U.S., moving to Los Angeles where I supported myself analyzing movie scripts for Hollywood production companies. While this education in storytelling served me well for the rest of my creative career, I was constantly also searching for an artistic outlet to satisfy my love of visual design.
After one class, I fell in love with metalsmithing at the Barnsdall Art Center, where I studied with LA-area art jeweler Valerie Mitchell. A few years later, a new job and a lot of travel as a theme park designer at Walt Disney Imagineering put my metalwork on hold (though I did dive deeply into digital photography, as my camera could always travel with me).
Leading large projects as a creative executive doesn’t leave much free time for personal efforts, but after 16 years, I finally created the mental space to set up a small metals studio again. Learning new skills and developing my own aesthetic have made me a better (and happier) designer overall, especially since I can wear the results of my metalwork as a reminder of what drives me.
I have received training from a number of master artisans at respected crafts institutions including Mendocino Art Center, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and Touchstone Center for Crafts. I learn an enormous amount from the jewelry community at large, and am a proud member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Metal Arts Society of Southern California.
I love being surrounded by dedicated craftspeople, whether their subject is crafts or theme park design. I recently also started learning about the business side of crafts, while simultaneously developing several silver jewelry collections, with the goal of doing limited production work in my free time.