There are a variety of processes that I use to make my jewelry and utensils. I rarely sketch. My brain is my sketch book! Most my work begins as an idea that is always inspired by the world around me! From the idea I go to the metal - I almost never experiment in copper or brass; I experiment in sterling. I know, I know…cringe!! But, there is an amount of seriousness and pressure I get from playing in sterling that forces me to get as much of it right the first time! I works for me.
I make every piece by hand. This is a slow process and but it allows me to be part of every step from start to finish. I shape metal using hammers and stable surfaces.
Every flaw that you see on my work is put in intentionally by me, using a jewelers saw and saw blades. Because each flaw is hand sawn in, no two will be the same - like our own flaws, right? Once a piece is assemble and I apply texture and color. I'm attracted to contrast, so with that most of my silver is patinated black. The contemporary moodiness that a dark patina adds, helps set the tone and compliments my work.