I have been making and selling jewelry for 10 years. My only formal training has been jewelry making classes at Parkland Junior College in Champaign Illinois. Most techniques I use have been learned from books, videos, working with other artists, and years of experimentation.
I am fascinated with glass in all its forms. My lampwork glass work is done with a propane/oxygen torch, and kiln annealed. I also fuse glass pieces, slump glass into molds, incorporate enamel, frit, and foils into pieces. I presently use 4 different types of glass: moretti bead glass, spectrum, fusing, and pyrex. Although most of my work with glass is jewelry, I have begun making pyrex knitting needles.
My metalwork begins with basic ingredients: various sizes and shapes of wire, bezel wire, flat sheet, saws, files, and soldering equipment. I have done the most work in wire wrapping, shaping, braiding, weaving, and twisting wires together to produce complex wire for filigree.
My jewelry has delicate details both in the glass, and the metal. I am inspired by movements and shapes and love to allow the glass to dictate the shapes and interactions with the rest of the piece.
I have been selling my jewelry for 9 years at the Urbana Illinois Market at the Square. I also attend art fairs and shows: Festival of the Arts in Champaign, Boneyard Art Festival in Champaign, Craft League of Champaign Urbana, Taste of Champaign, and Ayla’s Bead Show in Evanston.