Artist Statement

Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly crafted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life.   It is  my hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation.

The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work.  In contrast, the Art Deco style also resonates with me and allows me to incorporate geometric lines and shapes creating a completely different body of work.

Over my 43-year career, my experience as a bench jeweler allowed me to design, create custom jewelry, repair heirloom jewelry and problem solve.  I transitioned from working in gold to working in sterling silver.  The scale of my work has increased from small jewelry to larger tabletop pieces, offering a layered canvas to express my interest of insects and nature.

I fabricate all of my work, which means I do not use any manufactured items.  Each piece is cut and shaped from sheets of metal.  Silversmith techniques are used to form the metal into 3 dimensional forms, which make my pieces come alive. Ancient metal techniques such as chasing, repoussé, engraving, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty.

Throughout my career, I have constantly challenged myself to evolve as an artist and as a businessperson.  This is reflected in my constantly expanding endeavors, which include moving from creating only jewelry to working on a larger scale.  Whether it’s collaborating with clients to create unique, custom pieces to fulfill their desires or a mezuzah for a museum, I strive to incorporate beauty, design and superior techniques in each piece.

Chasing, Repoussé, Fabrication, Argentium Silver, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, Raising, Forming, Silversmithing, Vessels, Hollow forms, Hollowware, Teapots, Vases, One of a kind, Heirloom quality, Art Nouveau, Rene Lalique, Tiffany, Heikki Seppa, Edouard Martinet, Elizabeth Bonté, Josef Hoffman, Moorcroft Pottery, Paul de Lamerie, Peer Smed, Phillipe , Wolfers, Mother Nature, Nature, Flora and Fauna, Insects, Bugs, Beetles, Ancient metal techniques

 

 

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