My fascination with metal came at an early age....
When I was little, I would put pennies on the railroad tracks and watch the train flatten them. I would marvel at how the pennies would become so thin and smooth.
I would also steal my brothers’ lead fishing sinkers and pound them flat. Even at an early age, I loved the feeling of the metal changing shape under the hammers’ blows.
Our neighbor, Mr. Bischoff, was a master metalsmith from Germany. He would let me hang out in his studio and watch him work. I remember thinking even back then that I wanted to be a metalsmith just like him.
When I was 30 I made the decision to pursue my dream. I enrolled full time at the Massachusetts College of Art. I graduated in 1996 with a BA in Metals. I moved into a studio in Jamaica Plain,crafted my first collection—and never looked back!
—20 years later, I am still in business and sell my collections in about 100 jewelry stores and galleries around the country. I attend retail and wholesale craft shows and most recently opened a POP-UP Shop in downtown Ipswich for the 2015 Holiday Season.
When I first started my business I was creating and selling jewelry and sculptural pieces.
Store and gallery
owners are always
asking me how I get my inspiration for different collections. I would
have to say that my inspirations are constantly evolving, and a collection comes about as a reflection of what is going on in my life at that time.
Living in Ipswich by the ocean has been a huge inspiration for my Beach Day Collection.
I come from a long line of engineers and inventors.
My great uncle invented the “spout” on the Morton
Salt container, and another uncle invented that funny cheese slicer with the wire and roller. In a way, I think
of myself not as a jewelry designer, but more of a “master tinkerer”. I try to have fun with design—and try to create pieces that are more like mini inventions than just jewelry.