MASSC-Home-ImageArchitecture is a constant source of inspiration for my work. My choices gravitate to contemporary architecture, but I also am drawn to create a contemporary interpretation of ancient buildings. Because my aesthetic is abstract, the source for my work is not always apparent to the viewer. The inherent volume of buildings, often especially interesting in contemporary structures, presses me to focus on this design element. While traditional buildings aim to hide the bones of a building, contemporary construction often highlights these fundamental characteristics, a feature I especially appreciate.

In the brooch you see at left, the Roman Pantheon dome inspired the design. The materials used are sterling silver and 22k gold.

Another source of inspiration for my work are birds, specifically eagles and crows. You will not see a concrete influence of these creatures in my jewelry – instead, they serve as a symbolic source of energy. Eagles and crows are creatures of the “middle space” – they carry energy between the heavens and earth. Jatayu, an eagle from the Ramayana, an east Indian spiritual text, has influenced and sustained me throughout my career in jewelry making. Crows symbolically deliver magic from the other worlds to earth, and to both eagles and crows I am forever grateful.

BlogTalk Radio Interview – I wasn’t always a jewelry designer. In this BlogTalk Radio interview with Jay Whaley I discuss the journey I took from psychotherapist to making and teaching jewelry design. I also discuss my book, Maker Magic: How to Develop YOUR Voice Designing Art Jewelry. The interview was held February 12th, 2015. Jay Whaley is a metalsmith instructor at Whaley Studios in San Diego. Here is the link to the interview – just scroll down until you find my interview:

MM-Cover-smMaker Magic – How To Develop YOUR Voice Designing Art Jewelry

I have written the book for people who struggle to make jewelry a clear reflection of themselves. The book is practical and down to earth. But, it also contains images of some of the most beautiful art jewelry being made today. The book is 172 pages and lays out a method of designing your work which is flexible, yet clear. I do hope learning about design opens possibilities for your work you never thought possible.

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