Paul (a retired Episcopal priest) and, his wife, Florence (a retired professor of psychiatric nursing) have made their home in Dahlonega for the last fourteen years. Since then they have been busy creating handmade jewelry and teaching their crafts at William Holland Lapidary School. Both are members of the Chestatee Artists and the Dahlonega Arts Council and have had their pieces displayed at numerous area shows and galleries. When Paul and Florence collaborate, the results are stunning, but each has specialties, too:
Paul: I love rocks! A collector since I was a kid, I slice, trim, grind, sand, and polish stones to create designer and original freeform cabochons. Sometimes I combine stones in composite or intarsia pieces before setting in precious metal. I enjoy wire-wrap and chain-making, and in the last few years I’ve been doing a lot of chain maille pieces and have even begun to cast unusual jewelry mountings. It is always an adventure to discover earth’s hidden beauty in so many different forms!
Florence: My passion is design. I work in several media: sterling silver because it is malleable and has strength; copper and brass because they are more affordable; precious metal clay (mostly fine silver, but also copper and bronze clay) because with them I can create texture and sculptural pieces; polymer clay because I love color and because of its versatility; oils and watercolor because they become portraits of people and places that I love. Did I mention that I also sew, knit baby doll clothes, and write children’s stories?
We welcome visitors to our studio in Dahlonega. Just give us a call before coming (706-867-1752) to be sure we’re home, and don’t expect “tidiness”. Rather, think of your visit as an adventure in creativity!