I specialize in the use of the ancient techniques of chasing and repousse and loop in loop chainmaking. In chasing and repousse, a flat piece of metal is transformed into a work of art using small, blunt tools and a hammer to push the metal from behind to create depth (repousse) and then to add details on the front (chasing) to complete the piece. This is a laborious technique- thousands upon thousands of precisely struck hammer blows are required even for smaller pieces. No molds, stamps or machines are used in this process, so each piece is truly one of a kind. The chains that I make are created by first fusing individual rings into closed circles, forming these circles into a shape, and then weaving these shapes into a specific pattern to form a chain. The antiquity of both of these processes, each dating back nearly 5000 years, truly compliment one another. I primarily work in sterling silver, often incorporating gold and diamond accents.