Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest 2012 featuring Metal
||Meet the Designer-Artist
Where do you live?
Alto, New Mexico
Describe your artistic style.
What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I start with an idea for the finished project, like make a necklace, then I decide if it will be made with beads, metal, or stones. If I am inspired by a stone, I design around it.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Sterling silver sheet combined with metal clay either fine silver or sterling.
What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
What inspired this design?
I started with the shape and designed around it. I wanted to make my own clasp for the necklace too.
How did it come together?
The pendant itself just came about by playing with different textures and then I designed the clasp to match the pendant.
Share Your Background
When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I was fortunate to take a jewelry class in high school where I learned about metalsmithing.
Who introduced you to beading?
Jelcy, a beading instructor.
Do you have an artistic background?
Yes. As a child I passed my time drawing, and making clay figures, then attended an art magnet high school, and then earned my Bachelors of Fine Art degree.
How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through a friend.
What other hobbies do you have?
Taking photos of nature, hiking, and biking.
What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It is my life. I can start working on a piece and lose all aspects of time. It is my full-time job. I make jewelry and I teach it.
If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I sell at shows that I teach at, and in galleries and jewelry stores.
Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes, I made a pendant for Traffic911 to be sold as a fundraiser. I am presently working on a piece for a battered women's shelter to be sold as a fundraiser.
Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Follow where your heart leads you and believe in yourself.