I am an award-winning Chicago-based metalsmith and artist. My love of creating jewelry began during a high school trip to Israel, where I sold small handmade bracelets in Jerusalem for a little extra spending money. As an adult, I discovered a love of working with metal in 2005, when I began studying metalsmithing at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.
Between my career as a professional actor and a growing family, I became hooked on creating pieces that are asymmetrical and organic, with an urban/industrial influence. Metals have a fascination in that they can bridge both worlds – they can have very clean lines and angles, but also have intricate texture, patina, and curvature that is more in line with natural forms.
My jewelry uses silver, bronze, copper & brass – all the metalwork is hand forged. I use many metalsmithing techniques, including “lost wax casting”: I sculpt a piece in wax and then molten metal is cast into the mold created, destroying it. No piece is repeated. I add unusual semiprecious stones and vintage glass and pearls-usually from the 1950s era, which have deeper colors and interesting shapes. I recycle my metal. I love making wedding bands and meaningful pieces.
I also have begun working with exotic hardwoods: sculpting, shaping, and sanding; then adding silver or gold-filled metal inlay for a great organic contrast of shape and color. Wood is a fascinating material, as each type of wood has its own color and unique feel. I hope to move forward and continue to develop this style of work!
These sculptural designs are one-of-a-kind; I never uses a pattern or repeat a casting using a mold. I use recycled materials whenever possible, be it metal via casting, or giving new life to vintage beads and gems.
I have been exhibiting in festivals since 2009. Since then, my work has been carried by a number of boutiques in Illinois, New Jersey and Maine.