Goldsmith Wild Prairie Silver Artist Designer Owner
I love to play with fire, this is a trait of all metalsmiths... being a pyromanic. I love to mix fire, metal & stone which by accident or design makes me a jeweler. I am self-taught for the most part and really enjoy making the entire piece right down to every little component.
I am by education and devotion an RN. For sixteen years I worked as both a jeweler and an RN. After 20 years of being in the nursing field I decided to finally give up that vocation. I miss being a nurse but I love being a full time jeweler more.
I am married and have two children. My family was the start of my jewelry business. My husband & I chose to have one of us stay home & raise our children. I stayed home. I still worked as an RN on days he was able to stay home with the kids and in my spare time began making jewelry. I had no idea where that would lead. I had no idea that I had any skill or passion for what I now, love so much. It's been a wonderful journey of learning and creating. It's been a pleasure to be home, be a mom, have a trade, and become skilled at a fine craft.
Inspiration? Where does it come from? I get that question all the time, especially with my unique stone pieces. My inspiration often comes in lost thoughts (yeah, really random stuff at random times *** you have this too *** you have to write it down), times when I am doing something else and the idea just floats into my head... it's a very organic process. Design is never good if the thoughts are forced. I have always kept a very disorganized journal of these thoughts. I go to it when I need it and when I don't need it. It's a messy tally of my brain but it works. Somehow that messy record of randomness flows out of my fingertips and into a sheet of silver or gold. (Tip to creativity: Do not watch television. Try it for a month. It works. Your brain will do it's own thinking for once.)
Other inspiration comes from my surroundings that I love: the outdoors, kids, birds, flowers, flowing water, dirt, rocks, trees, religion & religious symbols, everyday nature, biology, and science. Design is everywhere.
Don't forget you, my customer... you have given me my best ideas. You have pushed me to do things I would never have done. You have given me important, special, meaningful projects that I am honored to do for you. So, thank you for your belief in me. I could not have done it without you and cannot continue to do it without you.
My favorite hobbies include making jewelry, making you smile, drinking coffee, roasting meat, drinking wine, and being 'Clydecorns'. What's a Clydecorn you ask? It's a cross between a Unicorn & a Clydesdale = hard working but magical creature.