About 13 years ago I found a bead store down the street from my home and became fascinated with all of the colors, shapes and textures. I instantly fell in love, but I didn't know it would turn into a full-time obsession.
In 2005, my husband and I moved to Charlotte, NC from Sacramento, CA and here is where I found my love for metal. I stumbled upon a silver-smithing class here at a local rock shop and decided to try it. At the time, I was a 9 to 5 banker and needed some sort of stress relief and thought making pretty things would help me reconnect to the physical world from a world filled with conference calls, emails and virtual training.
One class is all it took! I was hooked the first time I saw the solder flow on the very first ring I made. That "small" success catapulted me into a world where I couldn't possibly learn enough or run out of techniques to explore. When I began experimenting with sawing, filing and forming I knew that was it. Metals... Imagine the possibilities!
Fast forward and here I am. I design and fabricate all of my jewelry here in my studio and am preparing to open a storefront where students can come learn to make jewelry one-on-one or rent a jeweler's bench to work on their own projects. All of the professional equipment needed to create beautiful jewelry is available for use to my students officially! Come by and visit to see what I'm working on and check out the new space.
With the support of my husband, Michael, and the family mascots, Bailey & Mikka, I get to fulfill a dream I never imagined was possible. Each day I venture out to the studio, decide on a design and test it. When it's successful, the pride I feel is unbelievable. And, even when it's not as successful as I'd like, I still feel like I've learned something and can apply it to the next adventure.
Every piece has my heart and soul imprinted in it. I make each item with my own hands and have a special connection to every piece because they are a piece of me. The joy of clients who find a piece that speaks to them is irreplaceable and something I cherish deeply.
So, come find something that speaks to you or let me know if there is something I can create to open your heart and soul up to something beautiful.