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MY STUDIO

I work in precious metals: fine silver, sterling silver, 14 KYG, 18 KYG, sometimes using two metals to create contrasting combinations.

  • Cold and hot connections and riveting: joining two metal surfaces together with wire.
  • Torch work: using flame, flux and solder to heat and join two surfaces together in multiple combinations.
  • Texture: imprinting numerous textures onto a metal sheet. I use a torch to heat the metal multiple times causing reticulation, hammers to form, shape and move the metal, and a rolling mill to imprint. All of these create a tactile surface. 
  • Patination: the use of liver of sulfur creates a darkened surface.
  • Keum-boo: heat fusion of 24 kt gold foil to fine silver.
  • Stone setting: tapered, bezel prong, tube, tab, gypsy and basket style settings.
  • Lapidary: cutting, shaping, and polishing rough stone material into a cabochon, which is a rock with a flat base surface and round top.
 BENCH PIN

BENCH PIN

In many of my designs, I juxtapose metals with precious gemstones, minerals, and cabochons. These provide additional texture and visual elements such as: color pattern, depth, iridescence, luminosity, symbolic significance, and shape.  

Metals are tactile.  Sterling silver and fine silver provide the medium for my artistic expression. 

 SHAPING BENCH

SHAPING BENCH

 TORCH TABLE   

TORCH TABLE