We have been collaborating artists our entire married lives. Our work is always evolving. The experiences we share, or individually participate in, become a part of what we create. Bruce photographs and throws pots and I paint and create jewelry and other objects from precious metals. Bruce's photos are sometimes the inspiration or reference for my paintings and often times I sculpt and carve into his pottery. The results from our combined knowledge and skills becomes something beautiful that we enjoy sharing. Enjoy.

Mar 29, 2014

 The lampwork beads were made by an Etsy artist called Beatle Baby. I really like her work and this series of beads she makes have tiny sterling silver dots embedded in the beads which work well with my silver work. I used a very strong sterling magnetic closure for the necklace. Makes for a wonderful easy time putting it on. The earrings match with sterling shepard hooks that I also make by hand. The rubber stoppers keep the hooks from sliding out, especially if you have long hair.

Mar 24, 2014

New split moving bead bracelet

 For this new bracelet, I used peridot crystal beads for color. All beads turn and rotate.
The wire holding the beads are wrapped between two soldered silver balls on either side

The back side is smooth and comfortable

Mar 16, 2014


 Well, this is part of the process:to decide if I'm really happy with the almost finished results. Apparently, I'm not or I would be posting the finished product! I don't know if you can see the etched Heron on this black onyx (not my work) but the cab is not yet set because I'm not sure of the tube bail and I'm not real pleased with the branches either. I do like the cut out I did on the back which I guess makes this piece reversible.
Another option would be the chain or cord used. This commercial chain is obviously too delicate to use but I wanted to see how it hung. It has been suggested to me that a black leather cord might be an option. The other option I've been contemplating is to remove the tube and replace it with a reticulated branch, similar to the two vertical branches. If I do that I will be obligated to the design to solder a ring from both ends and
attach a handmade chain. This will require much more
time and effort to the piece which has already sent me
over the top! Ugh, what to do, what to do!

Tufted Tit Mouse Earrings!

Spring is coming and I wanted to post these little guys. They are the size of a nickel and for anyone working in metals, you will appreciate the time these earrings took to make. There are three layers here. I cut the back rings from discs and cut the birds out separately, stamping all their details with various chisels and center punches. For the branches I fused and reticulated 20 gauge round wire (of course, everything is sterling). Once I completed all the parts, I then soldered them together. I finally put them on Etsy. Sometimes it takes me a while to post my work because I just like keeping them for awhile and enjoying them before they leave!!! Is that silly?

Mar 15, 2014


Here's another small oil. I'm loving the speed in which I'm able to paint these little 3x4 blocks.
I've sanded them smooth, prepared them with gesso, sanded smooth again and they're ready to
paint. Saw tooth hanger on back. I think my next one will be a bottle of nail polish....what a fun series that would make. Imagine the colors I could use and the different bottle forms I could paint. Sooo happy I returned to oils.