Artist Statement, Bio,
My first metals assignment was to pierce a design from sheets of copper with a jeweler saw and utilize only cold connections, a few finishing techniques, and/or patina to create an interesting composition with depth within the 2D piece of work. Working with metal felt natural and it put me into a zoned-out trance of sorts. I finished that assignment in record time and thus began my obsession.
In 2003, after receiving my BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN I moved to New York City. I had several jobs in my 12 years in NYC. One of my first jobs was at a jewelry store in the west village doing sales and some minor repair work. At the same time I annually assisted Gallerist Charon Kransen set up for the SOFA Expo. I later got a position designing jewelry for Gwen Stefani's LAMB line and eventually did bench work for designer Alexis Bittar.
In 2007 I got curious about blacksmithing and ended up apprenticing for Marsha Trattner of She-Weld in Red Hook, Brooklyn for the next few years. Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, Marsha's studio was wrecked and she was unable to reopen until 2018. I moved to St. Louis in 2015.
In 2016 I was the first female contestant on History Channel's Forged In Fire knifemaking competition show. (Season 2, Episode 1 "Warhammer") Since then I have been volunteering and teaching at the Arch Reactor Makerspace and am the Blacksmithing instructor at Craft Alliance as of this past Winter 2022.