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I spent the first half of my life scouring flea markets in New England, the second half beachcombing on the little Caribbean island of St John where I now reside in a quiet area known as Fish Bay. Here in my home studio, I fabricate elemental wedding bands and gemstone rings in tropical hues, with some forging thrown in, as well as a smattering of revelrously exhuberant enamel work on copper.

My brother-in-law, a goldsmith for many years, inspired me to use my decade and a half of production goldsmithing experience as a foundation to build on to create my own work. So half of our living room is now my studio, with hammers and a torch sharing space with my beachcomber finds--fragments of shell and urchin, pods and seaworn wood.

Sustainability and conservation of natural resources are a priority in my studio. We built our home, where my studio…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 26
  • Joined August 27, 2007

Favorite materials

silver, bronze, copper, plastic, paper, enamel, found objects

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About

I spent the first half of my life scouring flea markets in New England, the second half beachcombing on the little Caribbean island of St John where I now reside in a quiet area known as Fish Bay. Here in my home studio, I fabricate elemental wedding bands and gemstone rings in tropical hues, with some forging thrown in, as well as a smattering of revelrously exhuberant enamel work on copper.

My brother-in-law, a goldsmith for many years, inspired me to use my decade and a half of production goldsmithing experience as a foundation to build on to create my own work. So half of our living room is now my studio, with hammers and a torch sharing space with my beachcomber finds--fragments of shell and urchin, pods and seaworn wood.

Sustainability and conservation of natural resources are a priority in my studio. We built our home, where my studio is located, ourselves, using primarily reclaimed materials. And lots of them! Wall studs, stairs, doors, kitchen counters, sinks, cabinets, shelving cypress paneling-- you wouldn't believe what some people don't want any more. Most of our furniture is reclaimed, including all of my studio furniture and much equipment. So a huge amount of perfectly usable material did not end up in the local landfill—instead these resources became a part of my home and craft. About half of our electricity is now powered by the sun, including my kiln outlet. In my studio, all precious metal is recycled, and I make use of found objects and natural materials in my designs.



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