Cantilevered Neckring and BraceletJewelry equals pleasure, its as simple as that. Beautiful things bring enjoyment to everyone: the maker, the wearer, and the viewer. Objects that are created with very simple tools and basic techniques by the highly skilled hands of humans, are a joy to behold. Just ask anyone who makes jewelry at any level; there is always excitement and engagement at the thought of creativity waiting to take shape and to be worn and enjoyed.

The recorded history of metalsmithing indicates that humans have been working with metal for over 7000 years. My 50 years of practicing this ancient craft is just a blink of the eye in the long succession of the tradition, but I feel this direct sense of connection to the past. I am a link in an unbroken chain that is the lineage of teacher, master, student, and practitioner, through which the skills and knowledge of the arts of goldsmithing and jewelry making have passed down and remain intact and active, alive and vibrant.

My own involvement at this point in my career has become as another rung on the ladder of succession; passing down to the next generation what I have learned and practiced at the bench and in the studio. This working body of knowledge transmitted from one skilled practitioner to the next is the real gem of our craft. I am delighted to play a part in ensuring that the passionate enthusiasts of today remain connected to the applied techniques of yesterday, and that the ageless beauty and tradition of handmade jewelry still flourishes through the work of traditional goldsmithing.

My ongoing contribution is to perpetuate our craft and turn the wheel forward, assuring that the enjoyment and fulfillment that comes with making beautiful things will continue well into the future.

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For 40 years I have been creating jewelry and adornments with precious materials. I currently devote my time and energy to teaching applied techniques in the arts of goldsmithing, jewelry making, and professional development for studio artists.

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