I grew up in upstate New York, in a tiny village surrounded by horse, dairy and apple farms. My family spent each summer at the Connecticut shore. I love the northeast; from Cape Cod and the Berkshires to the Hudson River Valley. The inviting, gentle beauty of this area has greatly influenced me. I was born with a strong aesthetic sense and the hands of a maker. As a child, I could always be found drawing. I taught myself to paint, bake bread and refinish furniture. I’ve done just about every craft and…of course, jewelry.
When it came time for college, art school was the obvious choice. My mom always said that I had sand in my shoes, so it took awhile for me to finish my BFA. This was a good thing, because it was during my last year at school that I met my husband. A few years later we had a son and moved to a small town where we could put down roots and build our future. As I raised our boy, I felt a resurgence of my creativity and in 2000 I found polymer clay. Within a few short years, I was exhibiting in major fine craft shows and building a following for my work.
My current work explores shapes and forms found in nature - pods, cones, and berries. These forms are inherently balanced and harmonious. We understand them and relate to them. I strive to create a sense of quiet beauty, elegance and timelessness. The beads are created one at a time, with a delicious, natural color palette. The patterns in my work are made with the millefiori process. Well known in glasswork, millefiori is easily adapted to polymer clay. Sheets and snakes of different colors of clay are stacked, wrapped and combined to make logs or loaves of pattern, from which slices are taken and applied to a base bead. Carefully chosen accents, cords and embellishments are used to complete the work. And in the end, I hope to achieve sophisticated simplicity with a dash of feminine playfulness.