Hey -- thanks for stopping by!
I've been making jewelry one way or another since I was in elementary school. It started with stringing beads and twisting wire with my needle nose pliers in grade school, and led to being late (to work, to class, to a dinner date with friends) a few times a week in college because I absolutely needed to finish up a pair of earrings to match my outfit.
After college (BA in Fine Art, Alfred University) I began working at Walker's Celtic Jewelry, where I learned much of what I know about lost-wax casting and handcrafting fine jewelry pieces from the owner & master craftsman Stephen Walker. I followed up my apprenticeship there with courses in stone setting, ornamental hand engraving, wax carving & CAD. Needless to say, I use a variety of techniques. I'm most inspired by nature and repeated patterns, and always seek to incorporate that in my work whenever possible.
I've just recently packed up my life and traded in snowy Western NY for sunny coastal NC. It's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to live near the ocean, and start my own little studio -- I'm also pretty excited to add some new coastal and ocean themed designs. There's so much to be inspired by in this environment!