What inspires you as a designer-artist? I draw my designs from nature with the shapes and colors. Some of my materials are purchased from the local hardware stores.
What medium do you work with mostly? I work with larger beads, glass, ceramic and copper coils. I am also a potter and a jewelry designer working with sterling silver and copper.
Why did you become enchanted with this style of jewelry-making? While I was a student in the clay studio at our local community college, I was challenged to create designs that were different than ordinary pottery. I decided to make beads and use them as I designed earrings, bracelets and necklaces. The copper is a natural material that adds color contrast to the earthen hues of the beads.
Where and How do you sell your jewelry? I enjoy showing and selling my work at craft shows and community functions. I have some of my work in a small shop in Yakima, Washington.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story? Three Spot Moon
What inspired this design? A full moon with three small clouds in front of it.
How did it come together? I had an idea, but the design didn't look right until I put the 3 red clay circles in the white clay.
What inspired you to donate your bead(s) to Circle of Hope?
Chris loved this style of beads and the process for making them. She was a uterine cancer survivor, but sadly passed away recently from respiratory failure.