Artist Profile Studio Jeweler
myself one of those lucky few who have always known what they
wanted to do.
Jewelry has played an important role in my life.
at the age seven, I was selling the handcrafted jewelry that
I made. Instead of a lemonade stand, mine had jewelry that sold
children. This progressed to local art fairs and shops until
eventually I found people were searching me out to have things
custom created and designed for
them. The materials may have changed along the way and become
more precious but the inspiration is still the same.
1968 Business is booming in Newport
- selling my bead earrings and necklaces on the street to the
1970 Recycling telephone wire into jewelry with my sister Dorcie.
My jewelry was sold at local shops. I fashioned earrings, necklaces and rings
from the multicolored wire. Among
Newport Crafts at Brick Market Place, Derring Do on Bellevue Avenue owned by
covered the gamut from high society to the local subculture. I sold at all
the island craft fairs. My dad would cut ten inch sections of the telephone
cable for me which I would sell to other kids at school and teach them how
to make jewelry from it. I was 12 years old at the time.
I was involved in the first Earth Day fair at Touro Park in 1970 and the first Christmas
in Newport Craft Show at the Viking Hotel in 1971. I later created a brooch
with the angel logo that was given to founder Ruth Meyer when she resigned
I was apprenticing to a local goldsmith at the time.
In 1975 at the age of 17, I had private lessons with local silversmith Corky
Ackman. During my high school summer vacation my dad would drive me to her
metals studio at 7am once a week for silversmithing classes. I figured that
I could charge more
of work if I could incorporate precious metal into my designs.
1981 to present time - independent studio jewelry designer creating
designs for private clients, galleries and local jewelry shops.
1983 Commissioned to design and create an 18 karat gold Australian opal jewelry
line during the America's Cup
In 1999 I launched Metalcyberspace
an online resource site about Contemporary Jewelry Designers and Metalsmithing
specializing in precious metals which grew out of my love for the medium.
This enabled me to share the information that I have collected over the years
and network with other Metal Artists.
Numerous Art Gallery Exhibitions and more work experience details
are listed in the artist's resumé section.