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I am one gal that loves working in metal. I love that the act of creation can have a tangible outcome. I aim to create something that you, as the beholder, can feel in your hands, appreciate, and use for years to come. This element of functionality is essential to me and offers each piece a life of its own through its continued use by its keeper.

Metal is an unusual medium to be drawn to: it is very unforgiving, each stroke a permanent addition. Metal is time intensive, involving lots of detail and clean up work, sanding, and filing. The medium forces me to think about the piece in its totality at every step of the process. This mindfulness then extends into my daily life. Art helps me to slow down, to think about the process, and make conscientious decisions before taking action.

I am consistently inspired by my reverence for nature. Many of the elements I…

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  • Joined November 10, 2009

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metal, copper, brass, solder, riveting, chasing and reposee, found materials, silver, bones, stones, gems, crystals, minerals

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About

I am one gal that loves working in metal. I love that the act of creation can have a tangible outcome. I aim to create something that you, as the beholder, can feel in your hands, appreciate, and use for years to come. This element of functionality is essential to me and offers each piece a life of its own through its continued use by its keeper.

Metal is an unusual medium to be drawn to: it is very unforgiving, each stroke a permanent addition. Metal is time intensive, involving lots of detail and clean up work, sanding, and filing. The medium forces me to think about the piece in its totality at every step of the process. This mindfulness then extends into my daily life. Art helps me to slow down, to think about the process, and make conscientious decisions before taking action.

I am consistently inspired by my reverence for nature. Many of the elements I incorporate I find in the forest around my home. The geometry of a branch may become a pattern on a piece, or the delicate curves of a fern rolled into metal. Working with nature reminds me to appreciate the innate perfection of the natural world we are so a part of.

Bring more intention into the daily acts of creation and consumption. In this age of Wal-mart and rock-bottom prices, the artisan has been left behind, replaced with plastics and mass production. This work in metal is envisioned, fabricated, and made possible through hours of work and energy from my own hands. In supporting my work, you are also supporting the tradition of craft, which is often lost in today’s modern marketplace. Thank you- it really does make a difference.


A note about the materials:

As you can see, a lot of our pieces are made from copper and brass, as I really like the way the two metals contrast with each other. In addition, and something that is really important to me, is that I use recycled brass and copper sheet metal. End cuts that would usually be thrown away by industry, I collect and instead turn into beautiful art.

Copper has a very long history and has been used for thousands of years. I think it doesn’t get as much credit as it should. Copper was known to some of the oldest civilizations on record, and has a history of use that is at least 10,000 years old. There exist copper and bronze artifacts from Sumerian cities that date to 3000 BC and Egyptian artifacts of copper nearly as old. Copper metallurgy was flourishing in South America, particularly in Peru around the beginning of the first millennium AD
Copper was a very important resource for the Greeks as well as other ancient peoples. Copper was associated with the goddess Aphrodite/Venus in mythology and, alchemy, owing to its lustrous beauty, its ancient use in producing mirrors. Romans used copper as money, and Julies Cesar made his own coins out of copper.
In the modern era, copper was discovered to have anti-microbial properties, which made it well suited for its ancient uses. The health benefits of copper relate to its anti-inflammatory actions to assist in reducing the symptoms of arthritis.
So enjoy your copper piece, and know that when you put it on, you are tapping into part of our collective history that is thousands and thousands of year’s old- ancient wisdom that is sometimes forgotten in our modern world.

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