As with the artists of the European Art Nouveau and American Arts & Crafts movements of the early 20th century, I have always been strongly drawn to and inspired by, the beauty and sensuous lines found in nature and the symbolic art of ancient cultures.
After initial ceramics instruction at Grossmont College in San Diego, California, I began incorporating minerals and beads with clay in order to develop my own jewelry style. I have been creating my porcelain jewelry since 1989.
Beginning with smooth, white porcelain clay, I roll out thin slabs that are textured using a variety of objects, including leaves, fossils, textiles, and antique buttons. The clay is then hand-formed into jewelry pieces and allowed to air dry before being fired in my electric kiln. After the bisque firing, a series of commercial under-glazes, glazes, and over-glaze lusters are applied, and the pieces are fired an additional three times, at temperatures ranging from cone 018 to cone 6.
After the glazing and firing process I embellish many pieces with beautiful beads made of Swarovski crystal, Czech glass, or semi-precious stones. Some special pieces also incorporate minerals such as quartz crystal, amethyst, tourmaline, garnets, and pearls.