My background is science and engineering. I was a petroleum engineer for 25 years. When I retired, I needed a creative outlet. I loved polished rocks as a kid, so why not try jewelry! I took a metalsmithing class at a local junior college and fell in love with it. I see the finished designs in my head then have to backwards engineer how to do them. The goal of my designs is to make you feel happy, special and get lots of compliments when you wear my jewelry. Have fun and be bold!
As you can see from my photos, I'm now an old-fart lady who likes to be silly and travel. My brain really works on designs, when I get away from "normal life". I love to incorporate many of my travel finds into my jewelry. Right now I have pieces with a glasses-cleaning cloth from a Cologne Germany contemporary art museum, a large round lava bead from a store in Reykjavik, embroidery from a tiny shop I found on a back street in Lucerne Switzerland, and a Murano glass bead which I bought in
January 1987 from another hard-to-find local shop in Venice.
I've found that most everything can be used as design elements in jewelry, as long as they work size and weight-wise. In my "serious" designs I use sterling silver, 14k gold, and semi-precious stones. But in my "fun" designs, anything goes from a kids' small yellow wooden duck toy with a compass in its side found in a kitchen/toy
store in Verhalen, Netherland to a piece of bark mulch with worm marks in my own yard. Look at everything with an open mind and a creative eye!