Love Is

Sterling silver, copper, 18K gold, garnet, brass rivets, shell fragment, and paper

2.375 x 1.625 x 0.875 inches

Photographed by artist

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Inside this hinged heart pin/pendant hides a small, heart-shaped shell fragment, epoxied and cold connected to the sterling back with a small, 18K wire staple. It shares its space with a chain bail for converting into a pendant and a small, rolled paper insert, stuck in the little pocket for a love note or written intentions of the heart. The pocket holding the note has small slivers of 18K gold sheet melted into the surface, symbolizing the preciousness and value of the loving heart. I’ve engraved “Love is” and descriptive words both inside and on the back of the pin/pendant, all hidden from the front view, but implied by the intricacies of the forged, hinged, locking doors. The little chained clasp holds a sweet garnet cabochon.


Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time. -- Goethe My jewelry process is spiritual in nature, inspired by two dear friends who spent the last five years of their young lives building legacies that touched countless others in meaningful ways.

Their legacies compel me to create.

In metalworking, I am combining my artistic skills with a deep spiritual satisfaction of working with the earth’s materials to create something that, on some level, touches another person. I prefer working with sterling silver, copper and gold, both for the richness of their colors and individual working properties. Employing traditional hot and cold fabrication methods I marry metals, stones and found objects into my designs and incorporate various surface textures in my work - anything that moves metal in a pleasing way, creating depth and complexity. I’m drawn to movement, reverence and a sense of whimsy.

Trained originally in nursing and later in horticulture and garden design, at my life’s mid-century mark, I learned basic metal smithing at a small jewelry studio. I bought a torch, set up a home studio and began hammer-ing, sawing, soldering and selling. I’ve attended various sessions at Penland School of Craft, John C. Campbell Folk School, and other specialized workshops in North Carolina. I continue to expand my knowledge and skills through intentional learning experiences with other artists.

The rest is a self-guided exploration that brings me immeasurable joy.

I have my jewelry in several galleries/shops in western North Carolina, but my home base is Flow Gallery in quaint Marshall, NC. I am one of five artists who currently own and operate the shop, a beautiful and well-respected venue for the sales and promotion of local, high quality, North Carolina arts and crafts.

Another piece of mine, titled “All Creatures Great and Small,” was chosen as one of the top twenty for the 2016 Halstead Design Challenge, displayed and sold at Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, NC. Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -- Anne Frank