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I started my life in an edgy little steel town with a large immigrant population in Youngstown, Ohio. Life in Youngstown was shaped by steel and I have been left with the image of the nighttime sky glowing pink from the blast furnaces that ran 24 hours a day. It is this image that I have subconsciously recreated in my studio with my torch; heating, soldering, coloring, and melting metal, not quite 24 hours a day, but close!

I work mostly in copper using lead-free vitreous enamels sometimes for their colors, but mostly as a patina, adding texture and an aged effect to my pieces. I like to take a hard cold piece of metal and turn it into something soft, warm, and organic. I continue my love of fire by torch-firing my enamel pieces, which gives my work an earthy, hearty feeling.

I am attracted to using copper for many reasons. The…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 4
  • Joined May 17, 2008

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Metal and glass, shrinky dinks, old family photos

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About

I started my life in an edgy little steel town with a large immigrant population in Youngstown, Ohio. Life in Youngstown was shaped by steel and I have been left with the image of the nighttime sky glowing pink from the blast furnaces that ran 24 hours a day. It is this image that I have subconsciously recreated in my studio with my torch; heating, soldering, coloring, and melting metal, not quite 24 hours a day, but close!

I work mostly in copper using lead-free vitreous enamels sometimes for their colors, but mostly as a patina, adding texture and an aged effect to my pieces. I like to take a hard cold piece of metal and turn it into something soft, warm, and organic. I continue my love of fire by torch-firing my enamel pieces, which gives my work an earthy, hearty feeling.

I am attracted to using copper for many reasons. The total amount of copper on Earth is vast, and in addition to that, recycling is a major source of it in the modern world.
Copper occurs naturally as 'native copper' and was known to some of the oldest civilizations on record.
It has a history of use that is at least 10,000 years old.
It is known as a good conductor of energy and is healing for the mind, body and spirit.

My work is influenced by the idea that refined jewelry doesn’t fit everyone. My jewelry is clunky, organic, fat welded seams, sensitive, and moody, designed for the person who wants to express this feeling as an extension of their adornment on their body.
Working (wo)man's jewelry. Meant to be worn every day.

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