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I was the only girl in a houseful of boys growing up, so I tended towards tom-boyish activities, but always had an eye for the glittery and shiny qualities of gold, silver, and gems. My eyes boggled and my fingers twitched as I stood in awe in the gold souks in the middle east where we lived as children, My father lit the fires of creativity when he would let my brothers and me participate in pottery, oil paining, sculpting, and stained glass projects, and my mother taught me the value of making the most out of what you have on hand and to use ingenuity and the unexpected at every chance.

Stained glass captivated me as a young girl, and at my first chance I bought a book, a soldering iron, solder, copper tape and some inexpensive glass and had a free for all! Cold glass work soon developed into a passion for anything glass...and when I found that glass beads could be made with a torch , I was…

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  • Female
  • Joined March 27, 2010

Favorite materials

Gold, Silver fine and sterling, Glass, Dichroic Glass, Gemstones, Titianium

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About

I was the only girl in a houseful of boys growing up, so I tended towards tom-boyish activities, but always had an eye for the glittery and shiny qualities of gold, silver, and gems. My eyes boggled and my fingers twitched as I stood in awe in the gold souks in the middle east where we lived as children, My father lit the fires of creativity when he would let my brothers and me participate in pottery, oil paining, sculpting, and stained glass projects, and my mother taught me the value of making the most out of what you have on hand and to use ingenuity and the unexpected at every chance.

Stained glass captivated me as a young girl, and at my first chance I bought a book, a soldering iron, solder, copper tape and some inexpensive glass and had a free for all! Cold glass work soon developed into a passion for anything glass...and when I found that glass beads could be made with a torch , I was in heaven. That led rather quickly to my true love of fused glass, and although I still adore all methods of glass work, fusing is my pet. Not long after I discovered how to make glass flow, I uncovered a desire to make metal do my bidding...I tinkered with wire wrapping, beading and stringing, but wanted something more solid, so I saved up and took a cast jewelry class. I still have the first gold ring I ever made, but I rarely make anything for myself, preferring to see it put a smile on other peoples faces. My line of work puts me in close contact with the techniques used in jewelry making and introduced me to the wonderful world of titanium, and although it is a very difficult metal to work with, the results can be stunning and well worth the torturous journey.

I have had very little formal training in any form of art. Learning from trial and error is my preferred method, though I will turn to books, videos, and an occasional class if I really want to get technical or have no idea where to start. I love the challenge of seeing something and trying to figure out how it was done, and how I could change it, or dreaming of something new and spectacular and hammering out the process to make it a reality. I enjoy the challenges of making art out of materials that are cast off or leftovers, and combining materials that compliment and contrast each other. I love color and texture and try to showcase that in each piece. Everything I create is unique and individual, and although similar pieces may be made, they are all one-of-kind. I do not strive for perfection in my work, and often find that the imperfections or unplanned reactions give my pieces a handcrafted flair that I hope catches the eye of it's new owner.

My fledgling business would not be possible without the love and support of my husband-Vince, my brother-Perry, my dear friend-Seth, and of course my terrific customers.

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