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My designs come from nature and my excessive imagination. Etching allows me to impose these designs on metal. It’s a lengthy process always starting in a sketchbook. I make my own patterns so I can repeat the basic shapes on the metal. All sterling and copper work is hand sawn then I prepare for etching. In simple terms describe etching as similar to putting crayon on an Easter egg and putting it in dye. Areas covered by the resist are preserved. Areas not covered by resist are subtracted, creating a relief.
These days most pieces come from a little story I’ve made up or thought I’ve had. Like “I wonder what spring would look like on another planet with water and soil.” Or “I honor water”.
After etching the metal I assemble the pieces; add bezels and set stones. Sometimes I oxidize the silver. For necklaces I frequently assemble my own chains.
I come from Ceramic arts where I found a dedication to form and function and realized that surface design was in my future. I studied ceramics and was a productive artist beginning in 1970 on and off through 1975 at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Washington State Univ. in Pullman and The Univ. of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
I moved to Port Townsend in 1976 working in graphic design and production from 1981 through 1998. In 98 I studied at The Art Institute of Seattle. After this, I devoted myself to light metals. This is where I learned how to etch. I went on to apprentice at Ryk’s Custom Jewelry here in Port Townsend. There I refined the craft of jewelry making for myself and found that I could create whatever I could visualize.
In the last year (2016) I’ve sold my work in Oct. at Shane Miller’s Greybird Barn Sale, in Nov. at a Cotton Building art sale and at the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. I’m currently volunteering at Grant Street School in the art room. I’m creating and teaching a lesson on Craftsmanship, Prototypes and Ergonomics.