At 15, I started working for a local antique shop, preparing things for the sales floor – not only cleaning, scrubbing, oiling and waxing but also repairing and restringing old costume jewelry. I became enthralled with the trials and truths of all those mysterious objects.
Now, I create jewelry that tells its own stories. As a seeker, inspiration hunter and creative rule breaker, I’m fascinated by what’s possible. I’m a textbook workaholic that tends toward boredom. I process what I observe in the world through the work I do with my hands, and sometimes there’s so much that my hands can’t keep up.
For me, there are no rules when it comes to creating jewelry. I make what I want, whether it starts with a concept, a sketch or I decide to melt the sh*t out of something to see what happens. I work with fire, I forge metal and many times, I let the materials and my intuition guide me. There's no room for perfection in my process, because I want my pieces to look like my two hands have made them. Everything is made in Madison, WI.
Things I Can't Live Without
Elsie & Mike
My sisters & mom
A good cup of coffee
My plant babies