My ideas come from nature and my life experiences. My subject matter varies from birds and bugs to dolls, music and lyrics, spirituality and infinitely more. I capture the beauty of each idea by selecting outstanding characteristics to tell a story. Beauty and craft are always at the top of my agenda. Each piece has its own personality as it is designed and created by hand. Slight variations in color and placement of enamel and gemstones also add to the individuality of all my work. My designs blur the lines between art and craft, which renders each work into a piece of sculpture that happens to be wearable. I translate my ideas into a visually pleasing story by blending archival quality with creative engineering combining gold, silver, wood, porcelain, diamonds and gemstones. It is my belief that art requires an understanding and an ability to create with excellent craftsmanship as expressed in my metal techniques of fabricating, casting, forging, enameling, granulation and carving. As I work, one idea leads to the next from incorporating porcelain to crushed rose petals. At times I break tradition as I push boundaries with my design and techniques, but during the creative process I respect the past with great attention given to traditional techniques. My degree in jewelry/metals from Kent State University was combined with a minor in graphic design. This formal education forms the base of the pyramid of my ever-expanding repertoire of technique and craftsmanship.
DESIGNERSIvanka Trump John Hardy Monique Péan Stephen Webster TOUS Alex Sepkus Andrea Fohrman Anna Ruth Henriques Armenta Atelier Zobel Carla Amorin Carolina Bucci Elena Votsi Annie Fensterstock Federica Rettore Irene Neuwirth Jemma Wynne K.Brunini Konstantino Lisa Jenks Lucifer Vir Honestus Majoral Mattia Cielo Mikimoto Monica Rich Kosann Pamela Froman Paul Morelli Penny Preville Robert Lee Morris Roberto Coin Rodney Rayner Sarah Graham Sevan Bicakci Stephen Dweck Syna Temple St. Clair Todd Reed Wilfredo Rosado Yossi Harari Nak Armstrong Shaun Leane Fred Leighton Lena Skadegard Hermès Betony Vernon Emanuela Duca Lana Jewelry Alison Lou Hannah Martin Alex Woo Bibi Van der Velden Melinda Risk Lene Vibe Efva Attling Pasquale Bruni Nam Cho Anthony Lent Holly Dyment 1884 Zoe Chicco Fernando Jorge Garrard Jane Bohan ILA Ray Griffiths Imogen Belfield Jacqueline Cullen Savannah Stranger Sydney Evan Paige Novick Suzanne Kalan David Yurman Katherine Jetter Diane Kordas Gumuchian Marli Aida Bergsen Lynn Ban Sorellina Delfina Delettrez Alice Cicolini Shimell & Madden Yunus & Eliza Lydia Courteille Tomasz Donocik Marcia Budet Carole Le Bris Perez Julie Lamb Ruifier Marco Bicego Servane Gaxotte Polly Wales Spinelli Kilcollin Colette Steckel Sylva & Cie Nikos Koulis Mizuki Melissa Kaye Jade Trau Coles of London Pomellato Nancy Newberg Pamela Love TinyOm MAYRAFEDANE Silvia Furmanovich