My designs and inspirations all center on the stones I use. Cutting and polishing my own cabochons enables me to control the entire creative process from rough, uncut stone to the final finished piece. I hand fabricate all of my jewelry in sterling silver, with emphasis on an earthy, contemporary design. The jewelry I create is one of a kind.
I’ve been producing and selling jewelry for the last 11 years, basically self taught. My exposure to the lapidary world started a long time ago with my rock-hounding-dad in Eastern Oregon. I discovered later in life that I love rocks! I thought it would be a good idea to learn the art of lapidary – the cutting, grinding and polishing of stones. So I joined the Crater Rock Museum in Central Point, (www.craterrock.com) using the equipment in their fabulous workshop. A natural transition from there was to learn silver-smithing in order to make something with all of the stones I was cutting. I attend juried craft/art shows in the summer throughout the region, but call Ashland Artworks my home!