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My passion for adornment and jewelry started as a child. I grew up in the “Capital District” of New York. To nurture my passion, somewhere about 1970, my mother gave me an old antique box filled with seed beads from the 1920’s. The box was full of possibilities and the ideas haven’t stopped flowing- at least not for very long!

In high school, I knew I wanted to teach and my love of art became my vehicle. In 1981, I received my BS in Art Education from The College of St. Rose and started teaching junior and senior high school near Ithaca, NY. While teaching, I received an MS in Education at Elmira College in Elmira, NY.

As an art teacher, I was always working on something- a painting, a drawing, a coil pot, and a plaster relief, even a weaving. Artwork and creativity were constant. As a teacher it wasn’t just about the…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 24
  • Joined January 11, 2009

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odd jewelry pieces, single earrings that have lost their mate or even a necklace I feel would be much more beautiful in an original creation, beads of all shapes, sizes, colors and cuts, ANYTHING sparkly, my torch and engraver

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About

My passion for adornment and jewelry started as a child. I grew up in the “Capital District” of New York. To nurture my passion, somewhere about 1970, my mother gave me an old antique box filled with seed beads from the 1920’s. The box was full of possibilities and the ideas haven’t stopped flowing- at least not for very long!

In high school, I knew I wanted to teach and my love of art became my vehicle. In 1981, I received my BS in Art Education from The College of St. Rose and started teaching junior and senior high school near Ithaca, NY. While teaching, I received an MS in Education at Elmira College in Elmira, NY.

As an art teacher, I was always working on something- a painting, a drawing, a coil pot, and a plaster relief, even a weaving. Artwork and creativity were constant. As a teacher it wasn’t just about the techniques, but also about nurturing and encouraging each student’s success with each project. The creativity went beyond artistic tools and techniques. Creativity helped work with differences in learning styles and challenging individuals to get the most out of each lesson.

Life experience took me in another direction. I refocused my energy on my family, raising my son and caring for our home. Soon after I left teaching, my husband’s path led our family to Connecticut and our family grew.

Eventually, I revisited my old passion for jewelry making, and, I went back to beads. As it goes with the path of creativity, ideas give way to more ideas. Soon the beads led to semi-precious stones and on to PMC/fine silver and that led to fabricating in metals, setting stones and moving forward with every new technique I can learn!

As an artist, I make what pleases me- always have, always will! I’ve believed since I was young that adornment is a personal statement. I make what pleases me, speaks to me, and affirms my spirit and beliefs. I need that now and have for quite some time. Some beads I just had to have for the sparkle. (I’m like a crow- I just love a sparkly!!!) Some pieces are private statements or affirmations and some are just pieces that I doodled on a page. Whatever the piece, it’s always been personal, about me. Making my own statement and letting creativity flow out of the box. It’s all about looking inside, tapping into that and working with what I find!

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