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I enjoy making sculptural scientific illustrations. My art objects are intended to be worn and explored and employ a variety of techniques, including many hand-wrought mechanisms. My studio is a wild garden of crazy cacti and hanging ferns and I have a rambunctious great pyrenees named Murial.

I studied gemology and jewelry manufacture at GIA immediately after highschool, then worked at as a goldsmith earning a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the middle of art school an accident caused me to become obsessively interested in scientific medicine and I began pursuing pre-med/ biological science studies at De Paul University concurrently with my art education. At that time I found myself making small wearable, dissectible specimens similar to the anatomical hearts, brains and lungs I am still making. Jewelry has traditionally been used to mark special life…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 27
  • Joined February 5, 2008

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silver, gold, copper, porcelain, enamel

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About

I enjoy making sculptural scientific illustrations. My art objects are intended to be worn and explored and employ a variety of techniques, including many hand-wrought mechanisms. My studio is a wild garden of crazy cacti and hanging ferns and I have a rambunctious great pyrenees named Murial.

I studied gemology and jewelry manufacture at GIA immediately after highschool, then worked at as a goldsmith earning a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In the middle of art school an accident caused me to become obsessively interested in scientific medicine and I began pursuing pre-med/ biological science studies at De Paul University concurrently with my art education. At that time I found myself making small wearable, dissectible specimens similar to the anatomical hearts, brains and lungs I am still making. Jewelry has traditionally been used to mark special life events. Many of the most rewarding projects I have done as a jeweler have been special projects for people wishing to commemorate surviving a difficult surgery or graduation from nursing or medical school.

After college I continued to study science at De Paul while practicing as a goldsmith. Since then I have also added to my skill set as a jeweler, studying traditional hand-engraving and stone setting at Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy; granulation with Harold O'Connor; Hinge and Mechanism-making with Charles Lewton-Brain and casting at Revere Academy, San Francisco.
All of my creations are entirely made by hand with great care in the USA using traditional and occasionally improvised metal techniques. Each piece is hand finished and tested carefully before shipping.

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