My father is a sheet metal fabricator and he helped me with my first metal fabrication for an art project I did in 7th grade. My love for jewelry fabrication began in high school. My high school art teacher held a degree in jewelry and metal smithing from Cornell and we were lucky to have classes taught by her. She recognized my passion and would invite me to her home studio evenings and weekends to teach me techniques that went beyond our classroom sessions. About the same time, I inherited a studio full of tools from one of my father’s mentors who was a jeweler as well as a metals teacher. After moving to Maine in 1990, I took classes at MCA and apprenticed with a well known jeweler in Wells, Maine. I started my own business in 1993, primarily selling on consignment and wholesale, and maintained that business until 2001 when I took a leave to start and raise a family. In 2019, I went back to my bench to pursue my passion and rebuild my business. I didn’t want to be away from my tools for as long as I was, however, I feel that time away fueled my desire to return and gave me new perspective. When I started up again I had a clear vision of what I wanted my first line to look like and how I wanted to design my website, logo, etc.