“If the artist has outer and inner eyes for nature, nature rewards him by giving him inspiration.”
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian painter and art theorist
The glorious compositions of form and color that nature provides are the starting point for my jewelry. Examining a stone up close and admiring its texture, hue, and patterning is a delightful experience like watching the endless theatrics of shifting storm clouds in the sky. My jewelry is designed with subtlety and care to accentuate this inherent beauty, to enhance its presentation. With each piece I create, I strive to design a perfect composition in which all of the elements are visually in harmony, or balance, with nothing lacking and nothing extra. Each element needs to be essential to the whole piece, and the process of searching for the ever-elusive notion of perfection engenders limitless arrangements of form and color and pushes me to keep refining my ideas.
My senses of proportion and color have been cultivated by my years of studying art history and architectural design and theory. I am a meticulous and detail oriented artist who wants her work to be practical, and I take much care to ensure that my necklaces hang just right and that my earrings feel good in the ear, not too heavy or awkward. As in architecture, I believe my jewelry's success lies at the intersection of form and function.
My pieces begin with the careful selection of natural stones that are beautiful to the eye and practical in shape. Over the fourteen years I’ve been making jewelry, I have honed in on what shapes and sizes make comfortable and easy to wear jewelry. I use untreated stones as much as possible, but many stones are routinely treated in the industry, and sometimes I just can’t pass up something that’s been enhanced in a tasteful way. My clasps and findings have been tried and tested for their quality, strength, and ease of use. They are made from tarnish-resistant Argentium silver, sterling silver, gold-filled, heavy gold plate, or vermeil unless otherwise noted.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, I have been designing and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry since 2003. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Davidson College and a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University and have completed courses in metalsmithing, furniture making, ceramics, and a variety of other media. I now make my home in Northfield, Connecticut with my husband and our four sons. I commute daily to my studio on a serene and scenic horse farm in Bethlehem, CT where I also administer a forest school for homeschoolers.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about my jewelry or just want to talk rocks.