The individual textures of metals, the glimmer of gemstones, and the luxurious feeling one gets when wearing jewelry are what I truly love about jewelry. Combining all these elements into a distinct piece that conveys these feelings to my customer is what gives me the satisfaction of creating.
My studio shares a space with the retail shop, The Sterling Butterfly. My style is simple, yet unique and versatile. I pride myself on having the ability to listen to what my customers want and delivering to them something even better.
I have been making jewelry forever. I began making Mother's Bracelets with my sisters around 2000 as an official business. After a few successful years, we all started moving in our own directions, I moved toward taking lampwork classes and making glass beads.
Since then, I have taken many classes in several different mediums and combine them to create the jewelry I do. I currently am working with metals and loving it! I am certified in Artclay.
Personally, I am a wife and mother. I have two children. Prior to my jewelry creating, I was an Industrial Engineer and worked in metal fabrication. I feel some of my formal training rolls over into my jewelry business which helps me immensely.
I use the finest materials and gemstones I can find shopping at places like the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. I began being self taught, then began taking classes and workshops with some of the best in the field, then went through the formal jewelry technician program at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, CA.
My education has included:
• Metalsmithing: Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, Michael David Sturlin, Nancy Wintrup, Jas Tanaka, Roberta Tanaka, Kim Conrad
• Metal Clay: Hadar Jacobson, Donna Penoyer, Holly Gage, Katie Baum, Myra Perrin, Wanaree Tanner
• Lampwork: Heather Trimlett, Jari Sheese, Kim Hickcox, Lisa Atchinson
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