Exhibiting Artist


Copper, brass, sterling silver, cubic zirconias, vitreous enamel, stainless steel wire, fabric, thread, brass skeleton key, and feathers

2.75 x 3 x 0.75 inches

Photographed by artist and Susan Cole Cannon
Video by Rachel Cole Cannon




At some point in our lives, most of us find ourselves caged – by society, race, gender, disease, circumstance, ourselves. Inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird,” my brooch/pendant expresses this feeling through birds in a cage using feathers gathered in my yard, a key to open the door, and the opportunity for the wearer to set the birds free.

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

-from the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou



I am a metalsmith. My work is influenced by my formal education in mathematics and features strong geometric lines and the intentional beauty expressed in nature. You can find my work at Cole + Cole, where my sister by birth and metalsmithing, Susan Cole Cannon, and I practice our craft.