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 Painted Desert Rock 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I design and produce one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces of jewelry with polymer clay.  I Like to make jewelry that has rich color and that has a contemporary, ethnic inspired design.

About Me

I grew up in beautiful northern California and I now live in  equally beautiful eastern Tennessee.  

I’m inspired by my environment.  Architecture, cultural arts as well as the shapes, textures and colors of nature inspire me.

I began making jewelry as a hobby.  My passion for designing and making beautiful jewelry eventually led me to begin my jewelry business.  I’ve been creating jewelry for 13 years.

I discovered polymer clay, which is a material that allows me to have more control over the shape, texture and color of my jewelry pieces.  I also enjoy the fact that polymer clay is a medium not commonly used by jewelry artists (though its popularity is growing). Silver Lining Necklace

My jewelry has evolved over time into a contemporary look that is inspired by the ethnic cultures I grew up around  in California and the beautiful natural colors of east Tennessee.  Each piece of my  jewelry is a one of a kind piece with a lot of time and thought put into its design and construction.

About My Work  

Materials

I use polymer clay and several other materials to make my jewelry  I use polymer clay as my main medium because its versatility provides me with many design possibilities. 

Other materials used in my jewelry include metals, fibers, stones,glass and pearls.  The metal components of my jewelry are sterling silver, 14k gold-filled or 14k gold  (occasionally brass or copper may be used).

PROCESS Lanterns and Pearls Necklace

The polymer clay components of my jewelry are created by first blending or creating the polymer colors   I wish to work with.  I then hand shape and apply various surface designs to the clay.  Each polymer component is then cured to create a solid piece.  Most of the clay components are sanded after they are cured to create a smooth matte finish.  Many pieces are further polished to produce a shinny finish.