I am an engineer by education. Yes, a nerdy engineer. But this background taught me a few things about metal smithing. It helps with understanding metal fabrication. I understood how to shape metal, how heat changes it and how a hammer can move it. All the nerdy stuff. Give me something to calculate and I am happy.
Always being creative, I took a couple metal smithing classes several years ago. I was fascinated. But with limited classes available, I began to rely on books, videos and good old trial and error.
My jewelry is somewhat minimalist. It doesn’t shout at you. I like to keep it simple. The designs use texture and depth to add some complexity and uniqueness. I always thought jewelry should compliment the wearer, not overwhelm them.
So what has making jewelry taught me? Patience. You can’t rush through making a piece. I have several “rushed” pieces in the recycle pile. Good craftsmanship and quality takes time. And with that, the piece should be treasured for a long time.
I live on Camano Island in Washington State, with my husband and cat, Walter. My husband is my critic; Walter is my assistant.