I am a jewelry designer, artist and teacher living and working in the heart of South Philadelphia. I graduated from Moore College of Art and Design in 2005 with a degree in 3D Fine Arts with a concentration in the Studio of Metals. I had such a passion for working in metal that I immediately continued my studies by earning my graduate degree at SUNY at New Paltz, NY. While I was working on my graduate degree, I taught two semesters of beginners metals classes and two semesters of basic design classes to undergraduates. After graduating in December of 2007, we moved back to Philadelphia. Upon our return, I began teaching jewelry and metals continuing education and youth artist workshops at Moore College of Art and Design for the following four years. During that time I was also working as a bench jeweler and assistant designer at J & I Jewelry, which is located on Fabric Row in Queen Village. I worked for J & I for six years with the exception of a 6 month leave of absence in 2013 to be a temporary full-time assistant professor at Millersville University, where I taught all levels of metals students and 3D basic design. Since finishing graduate school in 2007, I have been actively showing and selling my work at galleries, boutiques and craft shows.
Urban landscapes supply a neverending array of patterns and textures. I have always been in love with city life and imagery. I am inspired by the culture, diversity, and the energy that the city provides. As I move through the streets I observe the common patterns that exist while appreciating the unique character that each block contains. Fences, bricks, cracks, and abandoned objects all provide visual inspiration to create wearable architectural elements.
My workshops are designed to not only create a cool new piece of jewelry but also a unique experience. It takes a lot of skill, knowledge, and tools to make jewelry that can survive the test of time. One of my favorite parts about learning and teaching techniques using traditional jeweler’s tools is that it takes a lot of time and patience. We are so removed from how things are made that it’s my hope for my workshops to not only be fun but to also broaden a person’s awareness of how much something is worth in time and material. There is always a maker big or small behind everything we consume.