Metal Clay Jewelry
The desire to become a jewelry designer came to me after the sale of my retail bead business. Beaded jewelry was my first attempt at designing jewelry. When I discovered Metal Clay, a moldable metal, I found I really enjoyed the ability to get rich textures, patterns and freedom of expression from this wonderful medium. I was Born in Norwalk, Ca., and moved to Oregon at 16 years old. I worked for my brother in a store specializing in Southwestern-style beads used in Native American arts and crafts. This experience launched me into my own business. Since I discovered metal clay, all my jewelry is made from this delightfully limitless medium. It contains tiny particles of reclaimed silver, and the organic binder makes this a very green product. Metal clay is fired in a kiln. When the binder is burnt away only the silver is left. My collections include Bold Chain, Hollow Forms, Boxes, Lidded Vessels, Sun, and Spirals, an energetic symbol that inspires creativity. I am especially drawn to all spirals found in nature such as tiny fern fronds, seashells, and the large spiral of an elephant’s trunk. I use fine and sterling silver as well as natural and faceted gemstones in a variety of earth tone colors. A splash of 24-k gold foil adds warmth and brightness. I polish and finish with freshwater pearls, natural gemstones, sterling silver chain or one of my intricate handmade chains, a favorite that I enjoy making. I am certified in a variety of art clay techniques and teach about a dozen classes per year.