I have always been interested in design in all its forms, and through my life that has manifested itself in many ways. Even my careers, in mathematics and computer design/programming, I found to be very creative professions. At home, I indulged my love of fiber arts through spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing, and did ceramics as well for a few years, but it was only at retirement that I met and fell in love with jewelry arts. For many years I had explored the world of jewelry design as my husband Chris and I travelled, so the idea of creating such things was a very compelling one. First I learned all I could about gemstones, but then the search for more artistic findings and focal pieces led me to doing the silver work myself.
The discovery of Precious Metal Clay, invented over 30 years ago by Mitsubishi, was a perfect fit for me, coming from a ceramics background. This material is powdered silver with a clay-like binder added. The artist can form the shapes, as one would in producing a clay piece (though on a much smaller and more detailed scale) and then fire the piece in a kiln to burn off the binder. This leaves .999 Fine Silver, which is then finished and polished as any silversmith would do. Gemstones are added in finishing, in the more traditional manner, but some can tolerate the firing heat and be embedded in the clay form during the initial creation. Many well known metal smiths use Metal Clay to enhance their ability to produce texture in a piece, or to make special parts that might otherwise need to be cast.
Since starting my jewelry design life I have won several awards, and sold pieces through jewelry stores and galleries, in the U.S., Europe and my native Australia. My studio is a lovely light-filled space looking out on the garden, and I share it with Chris, who paints wonderful water colors. Each piece I make is totally one of a kind, with a lot of attention to finish and wearability. My designs range from intricate and romantic through modern and elegant, and my aim every time is to make something that becomes the "go to" piece for many occasions!