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I am a student of nature, thoroughly engrossed in the symphony of wind and sun and water on the land, thoroughly fascinated by the colors and forms and how perfectly the parts fit and flow and work together through the seasons. I lose myself in the perfection and the dynamic balance, constantly changing and moving, and as I explore the creations of nature I explore my role as creator within nature.

I've worked in many different mediums, but when I came to silver-smithing I found my niche. I prepared for this for many years in many ways, including some 30 years watching my dad forge iron (and doing a bit of that myself). I am generally more interested in (and satisfied by) forging and shaping metal than in fabrication. I love watching it take shape under my hands, and love the depth and dimension and texture my designs take on.

Chasing and repoussé…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 14
  • Joined June 18, 2009

Favorite materials

Most, silver, beyond that, all other metals, leather, stone, paper, paint, pencil, computer graphics, anything and all things

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I am a student of nature, thoroughly engrossed in the symphony of wind and sun and water on the land, thoroughly fascinated by the colors and forms and how perfectly the parts fit and flow and work together through the seasons. I lose myself in the perfection and the dynamic balance, constantly changing and moving, and as I explore the creations of nature I explore my role as creator within nature.

I've worked in many different mediums, but when I came to silver-smithing I found my niche. I prepared for this for many years in many ways, including some 30 years watching my dad forge iron (and doing a bit of that myself). I am generally more interested in (and satisfied by) forging and shaping metal than in fabrication. I love watching it take shape under my hands, and love the depth and dimension and texture my designs take on.

Chasing and repoussé... Repoussé is French for "pushed up" and a chase is a furrow, thus c/r is a matter of pushing the metal down from the front and up from the back, using tools that are something like chisels or punches with a hammer. This is usually done in a of resin/pitch, though I generally use a cushion of leather for at least part of the process. It's one of the oldest techniques for shaping metal, used to create the gold mask of Tutankhamen in 1324 BC, as well as the Statue of Liberty. It’s still in use because it works so well. And it’s fun!

Metal... I have an interest in and appreciation of all metals, find the different characters and colors fascinating. I work with different gauges (thicknesses) of metal as well, from a light-weight 24ga to much heavier 12ga. The technique is the same but the metal responds very differently – with the heavier metal, there is simply more material to move, thus more hammer blows and more time. The pieces I create from lighter metal are less expensive because there is less work in them, but they don’t have the character of the heavier pieces either.

Every item is original and one of a kind. I can make any item in other sizes or metals but because they are handmade, each will be slightly different. Custom orders are welcome.

Thanks for looking!

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