My jewelry making journey began in 2004 as a creative outlet while working as a professional computer trainer in the Washington, DC area. I started by playing with wire and a cheap pair of pliers from a local craft store. It was never my intention to make jewelry as a living or even on the scale of which I do now. My first formal jewelry making workshop was in the summer of 2005 where I was introduced to basic soldering techniques. From that point on, I was smitten! I have attended a few jewelry making workshops to help strengthen certain skill sets. Most recently I have attended several semesters in the metalsmithing program offered at the University of Akron in Ohio, where my skills continue to grow by leaps and bounds.
As I continued to play and work with wire and fire, it became apparent to me and those around that I have quite a natural talent in the jewelry arts. I am still amazed when a simple sheet of metal and length of wire become a piece of wearable art. It isn't uncommon to find me in stunned silence after finishing a complex piece, wondering how in the world it came from my head and hands.
After moving to the Akron area in Ohio with my husband and two young daughters, I decided it was a good time to get serious about jewelry making and see where I could take it. I have not been disappointed. And based on the comments of my customers, they haven't been disappointed either.
While I enjoy creating unique jewelry items, my passion lies in teaching. My classes are filled with energy and an easy going atmosphere. My goal is to have my students walk out comfortable with new techniques and confident in their own jewelry making ability. Working as a professional computer trainer for 10 years I learned that there are many ways to teach, and each person learns differently. I strive to use that knowledge to benefit my students. When you take a class from me, I won't ever "leave you in the dust". I will do my very best to make sure you understand the concept and technique we are covering in that course. I look forward to expanding my teaching opportunities.