Meet the Artist
About This Artist
I am a maker. I’m happiest in my studio, playing with my tools, digging through a box of stones, and listening to favorite bluegrass band.
I’m a Montanan. This special place nourishes my soul in a way that sparks my creativity.
I’m a steward. I am committed to sustaining a business with a small footprint, using recycled materials to create my jewelry, and supporting my local community through my choices.
Q&A With This Artist
A: Slow craft, small batch, and artisan-made may be over used terms, but they’re accurate descriptors of what I do. Starting with simple materials: a sheet of metal, some wire, a pair of dividers and a jeweler’s saw, I begin to create, employing centuries-old silversmithing techniques. Success is a compelling design that wears well, a unique piece that makes a woman feel joyful and beautiful.
A: I live and play in the mountains. The natural world is filled with magnificent surprises, and I’m fascinated by the way it is in a constant state of change. Daily walks along the powerful Yellowstone River with the imposing Absaroka Mountains overhead remind me of the earth forces that create the precious metals and natural gemstones I work with. I think of my craft as bridging between the work of geological forces and the work of manmade tools and artistic vision.
A: I studied Neurobiology and studio art in college. Both disciplines thrive on curiosity and inquiry, and both require skill and precision. I had a long path to arrive at metalsmithing. I worked in Neurobiology labs. I taught in a two-room rural school. I ran an art gallery. But now that I’m here, it all makes sense. I’m a geek for tools, a sucker for gemstones, and I could spend all day happily tinkering with silver at my workbench.
A: I think a true master of their craft endeavors to push the limits of the materials they use. Each finished piece begs the question of how to take the idea further. Frustration begets new understanding and greater skill. Craft and art are endlessly inspiring, challenging, and rewarding.
A: My art is inspired by so many of the little things in my daily life. Time in the mountains nourishes my soul and clears my head for creative practice. The artistic visions and creations of others inspire me: the handmade mugs that hold my steamy morning coffee, the colorful murals I pass downtown, and cherished visits to museums and sculpture parks. And the materials I work with are a source of inspiration: the gorgeous gemstones each tell a story, and every finished project sparks a new idea.
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