So often we see things mass produced by machine. Millions of cookie cutter items that fray our appreciation of artisan made objects and skilled craftsmanship. My work is not machine-made perfect and I believe there is great beauty in that. Behind each piece there is careful consideration, intention, time, honesty, and soul.
The process distinguishes my work. I stand for the slow made item that is worked by hand from start to finish. I celebrate the Maker’s mark and the play in artistic exploration. Because each piece is individually handcrafted, no two are ever precisely the same.
Each design begins as a drawing on paper. Once finalized, I set to work at my studio bench. In the studio, a combination of lost wax casting and fabrication is utilized to create the work. I love using lost wax casting for many reasons. It’s an old-world technique dating back to over 5700 years ago and an art in itself. The wax is malleable and allows me to manipulate surfaces in order to achieve the textures I desire. Other details of my work are individually hand fabricated by cutting sheet metal, forging wire, soldering prongs, jump rings and bezels, etc.
After casting and/or fabrication, all work is finalized with a satin finish. The work primarily consists of Argentium silver (100% recycled silver) and 14K gold vermeil. For more information about the materials go here. The only step not completed in my studio is the vermeil finish. This work is sent out in its finished state as a silver piece, and processed in order to assure the 14K gold meets the certified thickness for vermeil. Any pre-manufactured components used in my work (chain, ear nuts) are made in America.