Dimensions: 6” x 4” x 4” Materials: Sterling silver, 24k yellow gold plating Ssssssumptuous Tea was created using chasing and repoussé to embellish the surface with a python, in the jungle branches, outstretched to catch a flying beetle. The handle and base are hand forged, sterling silver wires. A hidden hinge allows the lid to stay in position so the viewer can find a forged branch with a repoussé bug. The inside of the vessel is plated with 24k yellow gold. A purely decorative piece.
From my workbench window, I watch dragonflies dart to my pond. I marvel at their translucent wings and colorful bodies. A vase concept comes from my adoration of bud vases gracing tables in Victorian and Art Nouveau eras. Fabricated from Argentium and sterling silver the stems at the base are cold forged, chasing and repoussé embellish the surface, and the dragonfly wings and areas of the body are saw pierced. A custom blown glass insert is the “icing” in this decorative and functional object.
Size: 7" X 4" Pond Life reminds me of walking at the edge of our pond peeking through the cattails to catch a glimpse of a frog, fish or dragonfly. Using Argentium silver, a tarnish resistant silver, the surface is chased and repoussé with areas cut away. The forged catkins encircling the base are textured with highly polished leaves. The vase rests on a lily pad of Argentium silver with a small, cast, sterling silver frog on the edge. A blue blown glass insert completes the functional vase.
Materials: Brass, sterling silver Dimensions: 8”x 3 1/2”base x 6”wide including handle The end result of this teapot was a wonderful surprise. My pieces, mostly organic in design and subject matter, this Art Deco style resonated with me creating a different body of work. I first fabricated the teapot as precisely as possible. For the final look I took a hammer and distressed the shape and then acid etched the whole teapot to distress it even more. I left acid on the surface to create patina
The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature are reflected in my work. Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly crafted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist, I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life. I hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation. Over my 43-year career, I have worked in gold, sterling silver, Argentium silver, precious stones, and copper. I fabricate all of my work and use ancient metal techniques such as chasing, repoussé, engraving, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing, gold leaf application and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest, and beauty.