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All my life I've stuffed my pockets with stones, bones, leaves, shells, etc., and have bowls and piles of the stuff all over the house. Several years ago, I fell in love with Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, but not being able to afford it, I began making my own things and giving them away. I've become such an obsessive bead buyer that now I have no choice but to sell my pieces in order to afford more beads!

My jewelry pays homage to a wide range of ethnic and aesthetic influences--Native American, African, Tibetan, Art Deco, the Southwestern landscape, Amish quilts, even language (I'm a retired English professor). But the truth is, even if I have a design in mind, beads and stones have minds of their own, and the result is seldom what I thought it would be. Jewelry making is a wonderful form of creative play, and I hope to keep playing for a long time to come!

  • Female
  • Born on June 26
  • Joined May 28, 2009

Favorite materials

turquoise, lapis, sterling silver, Czech and Japanese glass, leather, ebony, sandalwood, anything from Utah and Australia

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About

All my life I've stuffed my pockets with stones, bones, leaves, shells, etc., and have bowls and piles of the stuff all over the house. Several years ago, I fell in love with Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, but not being able to afford it, I began making my own things and giving them away. I've become such an obsessive bead buyer that now I have no choice but to sell my pieces in order to afford more beads!

My jewelry pays homage to a wide range of ethnic and aesthetic influences--Native American, African, Tibetan, Art Deco, the Southwestern landscape, Amish quilts, even language (I'm a retired English professor). But the truth is, even if I have a design in mind, beads and stones have minds of their own, and the result is seldom what I thought it would be. Jewelry making is a wonderful form of creative play, and I hope to keep playing for a long time to come!

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