Two Juried Fine Craft Shows July 12–14 & August 9–11, 2019
I handcraft the components in my jewelry using polymer, fine silver (PMC), and sterling silver. The polymer process begins with cane building by using the millefiori technique. To make a cane, long rods of various colors of clay are layered, wrapped, and arranged to create an image that runs throughout the length of the cane. I arrange the cane slices on another clay shape that I have formed, to create a watercolor or collage effect. Fine silver is used for organic forms such as leaves, twigs, and vines. The fine silver PMC is shaped and formed just like potter's clay. It is then fired in a kiln, and the binders in the metal clay are burned out, leaving only precious metal. I use sterling to fabricate the bezel plates, closures, and ear wires. Each piece is one of a kind and completed entirely by me without the help of assistants.