Long story short

I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas with 3 sisters and parents who encouraged our curiosities and artistic inclinations. Working space in the den for sewing and painting was the norm in our household, and our dad’s paintings covered the walls. We always made room for art.

In a middle school art class, I had the opportunity to create my first piece of jewelry. My art teacher stoked the fire for jewelry making and started me on my journey.

I’ve been working as a professional jeweler since 1979. I studied in Texas and first worked at a diamond importer. I have worked as a jewelry designer and bench jeweler at independently-owned jewelry stores, setting stones and manufacturing custom designs from concept to finished piece.

Micro mosaics were very popular in Italy at the turn of the 20th century. When I became interested in creating micromosaics,because it is a dying art form, I couldn’t find any information on the technique. I developed my own technique with a modern twist. To create a mosaic, I hand cut strands of colored glass and hand fabricate my mosaics in sterling silver bezels. While tedious, I find the process very calming and the jewelry unique.

In addition to fine glass stringers for mosaics, I also work in gold, platinum, palladium, diamonds, and colored gemstones. My design inspiration comes from the look and texture of ancient and current mosaics, quilts, nature, fine art, and architecture. Gemstones featuring unusual cuts and rich color as well as colored glass provide the palette for my work.

My studio is now located in the vibrant NE Minneapolis Arts District. I am available for fine custom jewelry design, expert jewelry repair, diamond setting, and Modern Micro Mosaics.
Call for an appointment at 715-220-6013

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

WJA Member Grant
$500 Member Grant – 2015
Phipps Center For The Arts
– Annual Members Show 2015 – 3rd Place
MN-ND Design Contest 2015
– Third Place & Judges Choice
Women’s Jewelry Association
-Shining Star for WJA-Twin Cities Chapter 2012
Women’s Jewelry Association
-People’s Choice Awards 2009 -Third Place
Illinois Jewelers Association
-Award of Excellence 1992 -First Runner Up

Community Work

WJA Board Member – Twin Cities Chapter President 2017-2019, Communications 2009-2016

NEMAA Board Member – Board Secretary, Communications committee, Fall Fine Arts sub-committee 2015-present

Affiliations

711 15th Ave NE suite #202
Minneapolis, MN 55413