I attained my BFA in metals from Rochester Institute of Technology's School For American Craftsman. I desired to learn about fine jewelry and traditonal gold smithing in a trade setting by re-locating to New York City where I apprenticed for six years with German master goldsmiths and worked with fine gemstones, platinum and 18k gold. I executed designs for Raymond C. Yard and repaired fine jewelry from several noteable antique jewelry dealers which provided me with indepth knowlege of design elements and mechanics of fine jewelry. Later, I worked at Carvin French working from designs to create exquisite one of a kind jewelry for Bulgari, Cartier and Fred Leighton.
While the experience gained at the bench in NYC after college was invaluable, I had nearly abandoned my dream of designing and creating my own work exclusively. I left NYC to raise a family in Pennsylvania while I continued to manufacture jewelry for a jewelry designer. In 2005 I finally began to create my own work exclusively.
My design process usually begins with a sketch or may be inspired by a wonderful stone or color scheme. I either carve the orignial model in wax or fabricate it in metal. Each piece is cast then assembled, filed, sanded and polished by hand. I use real gemstones and reclaimed 18k gold or sterling silver purchased from ethical suppliers. Experience has taught me that quality materials and craftsmanship matter. Many of my designs incorporate my own settings and other elements like clasps or toggles. Tahtitan and South Sea Pearls are on my favorites lists because of their absolute uniqueness and natural color- no two are ever completely the same.
I'm a fan of the past great jewelry designers Renee Lalique, Suzanne Belperron, Georg Jensen, Fulco Verdura and Seaman Schepps. My other interests include gardening, botanical painting and the decorative arts.