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At the age of 17, I entered into the world of arts & crafts as a potter and handbuilder. I loved creating pots, plates, boxes and etc. My dream was to one day attend a two week class at Penland to hone my skills as a ceramic artist. However, when I received the chance to attend the schoool of my dreams, I chose a class taught by Keke Cribbs and her daughter Alicia Lomne. I was inspired by their glass creations and wanted to one day incorporate some of their techniques into my pots. When I returned home, life happened -literally. I became pregnant and was also giving birth to our fixer-upper of a house. My son was born and my pottery days went by the wayside. Luckily, a new product had been introduced. Precious Metal Clay - the answer to my "I have no time" prayers. I found that I could produce a finished piece of jewelry within a day or two compared to the week to two weeks + it takes for traditional clay. Although it would…

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  • Joined March 10, 2007

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Precious Metal Clay, found objects, polymer clay, leather, vintage jewelry, Bronze Clay

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At the age of 17, I entered into the world of arts & crafts as a potter and handbuilder. I loved creating pots, plates, boxes and etc. My dream was to one day attend a two week class at Penland to hone my skills as a ceramic artist. However, when I received the chance to attend the schoool of my dreams, I chose a class taught by Keke Cribbs and her daughter Alicia Lomne. I was inspired by their glass creations and wanted to one day incorporate some of their techniques into my pots. When I returned home, life happened -literally. I became pregnant and was also giving birth to our fixer-upper of a house. My son was born and my pottery days went by the wayside. Luckily, a new product had been introduced. Precious Metal Clay - the answer to my "I have no time" prayers. I found that I could produce a finished piece of jewelry within a day or two compared to the week to two weeks + it takes for traditional clay. Although it would be cost prohibitive to produce large scale pieces, I loved the fact that I could form, carve, and stamp into it. I gave my first piece (a necklace with inlaid glass mosaics) to my mother as a thank you for the Penland experience.

Several years later, I attended Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. On the first day, my jewelry instructor had us make "medals" using playing cards, tape, string, washers, and various found objects. The idea was to create a medal for a certain point in our lives for which we felt like we deserved praise. At that point, the Mama Medal was born. My son is terrific but I discovered that caregivers of children, older parents, sick family / friends, and even of pets often don't get enough credit for what they do. Although, these medals should be made out of diamonds and gold, they are made from vintage dominoes, decorative paper, found objects and crystals. I get compliments everytime I wear my mama medal necklace. I guess that the whole idea behind the project was to make something with meaning that looks great. If the object has those two qualities, then the materials don't really matter as much.

In addition to making Mama Medals, I create pieces of jewelry out of precious metal clay (PMC). PMC consists of very small particles of precious metals (such as silver or gold) mixed with an organic binder and water. Metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using moulds. After drying, it can be fired in a variety of ways including in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove. The binder burns away, leaving the pure, sintered metal. I also use Bronze Clay.

I hope that you enjoy my shop. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

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