While in graduate school in 1992 a friend showed me how to make simple beaded earrings. I got hooked, fell in love with beads and stones and taught myself how to make all kinds of beaded jewelry. When I wanted to go beyond beads, I enrolled in metalsmith classes at the local community art center.
in 1999 I discovered metal clay and was immediately smitten. Silver – which I love – in its most tactile form. What a joy to create a piece of wearable art from a lump of gray clay; manipulate a soft, pliable material every which way and end up with a beautiful piece of silver jewelry. Amazing! I was certified as a PMC Artisan by Rio Grande in March of 2000. Certifications from PMC Connection and Art Clay World soon followed.
When I retired as a librarian two years ago, I began my career as a full-time jewelry artist. I have a studio in an old factory building that currently houses about 30 studios, with a waiting list of twice that many. The atmosphere and support from such a diverse and wonderful group of artists is phenomenal and truly inspiring. Our website is www.screwfactoryartists.com.
I love taking classes and workshops and do so as often as time and finances allow. I am actively involved in my local jewelry guild, the Northeast Ohio Metal Clay Guild, and particularly enjoy setting up our workshops with some of the best instructors in the field. You can see some of the fun we have at www.neopmc.blogspot.com and read about our classes at www.metalclayclassesincleveland.blogspot.com.