Brass, copper, silver, and CZ
4 x 1 x 1 inches
Photographed by artist
My inspiration for the “Hidden” challenge was to create a piece with several elements that the viewer can discover as they explore the work. As one looks at the front there is a window that hints at what is inside. To really see the entire piece, one must dive in and get their hands wet, so to speak. Even opening the piece will not reveal all of the surprises. One must take out all the parts to see what is inside. I like to think of this piece as a metaphor for relationships. When we first meet someone, there are hints to what is inside on the exterior but in order to see the whole one must spend some time getting to know the other. There are many moving parts to who we are and how we relate to each other. Often there is a surprise on the inside.
I grew up in Michigan as an only child. I was encouraged to play, create, and explore. The arts were a vital part of my childhood. When I took a metalwork and jewelry design course at the University of Michigan in 1994 I truly fell in love with metal and knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I completed my BFA from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Metalwork and Jewelry Design in 1997 and then went on to acquire my Master of Art in 2001 from California State University Fullerton. I have been teaching art and metalsmithing classes since 1998. There is nothing better than being able to share my passion with others. The connections I make with both my students and my customers drive me to create and evolve.My work is influenced by mid-century design and my love of color! Although my designs do not mimic mid-mod design, the shapes, feel, and essence are a part of what I create. My passion is one of a kind work. I have been using mainly enamel and silver for almost a decade. More recently, gemstones have become a part of my vocabulary. Regardless of the materials, I always strive to keep a sense of humor and playfulness within my pieces.