After making a necklace with a few of my sister’s beads in 2009, I was hooked! My initial symmetrical style has evolved into a freer, more playful one — where a wide variety of beads (gemstones, freshwater pearls, Czech glass, polymer clay and metals) play off one another with their different shapes, textures and colors. On our many trips to Prague and the Czech Republic, I fell in love with Czech glass beads and consider them my main vice in life!
In the past few years I have explored mokume gane, a 17th-century Japanese sword-making technique adapted for the medium of polymer clay. Each piece involves 5-8 hand-mixed colors, layered and manipulated to create one-of-a-kind beads and pendants. I am fascinated by the many possibilities of polymer clay for jewelry, and am beginning to experiment with hand-painted textures and layers.
I’ve been a Caspian Lake summer resident since before I was born! My jewelry has been in the Miller’s Thumb Gallery for several years. Now retired from my career in parish ministry, my recent move to a house in the village has given me the blessing of time and space to grow deeper roots in this community, make jewelry, and enjoy the beauty of at least three seasons.