How I Work
I mold metal like clay, using a special process invented by a Japanese metallurgist in the 1990s. The clay contains precious metals such as pure silver or copper extracted from recycled electronics. I love that I’m giving a new life to the things we discard.
I sculpt this unique clay with my hands and tools, incorporating patterns inspired by nature. Like the sinuous curve of a branch or the swirly patterns of river water.
Then I fire up my kiln to 1650 degrees, which burns away the clay binder and fuses the metal particles together to form a gorgeous solid metal piece. I apply a stunning patina to each piece to add depth and charm.
I love to add enamel coloring to my pieces, too. The enamel is applied as fine particles of glass that get fired in the kiln to fuse the glass to the metal.
It's all alchemy that borders on magic.
Hand Formed Components
Something that sets me apart from other jewelers is I hand-form all of my own
components. I use all sterling silver chain and I hand-form each clasp and connection with sterling silver wire. I also hand-form each one of my ear wires out of sterling silver wire. I have selected designs for my findings that add uniqueness to your pieces and show off my commitment to craftsmanship.
Enameled Copper and Silver
I love adding color to my work! The silver and copper materials that I have selected to work with both allow me to add enameling. Enamel is very fine particles of glass that is either sprinkled on a flat surface or 'wet-packed' into recessed areas of a sculpted piece, then kiln fired to fuse the glass to the metal. Sometimes I enjoy the simplicity of solid colors, other times call for fading two or three colors together. The possibilities are endless!