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I feel grateful to have been making a living as a jewelry artist for the past 20 years. My career was born during my first jewelry making course in college at the University of Tennessee in 1982, and since then my life has revolved around creating adornment. In 1985 I graduated with a BFA in metals and clay and started making traditionally fabricated sterling silver jewelry. I earned membership to the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 1987 which has been the feather in my career hat.

Each piece that I create is one of a kind, unique in pattern. The primary material I use is polymer clay, though some pieces and embellishments are made from precious metal clay. Precious metal clay is a combination of pure silver powder, methyl cellulose and water, that can be formed just like traditional clay. When the PMC is fired at 1650F, the binder burns away and what is left is pure silver.

My first obsession with polymer clay was through caning and loaf building and I still use these techniques in my surface designs. I am intrigued by pattern, and polymer clay is very versatile for creating texture and juxtaposition of color. It is my sincere hope that those who own my jewelry will enjoy it for years to come.


Polymer Clay Leaf Pin