I’ve been making jewelry for as long as I can remember. As a young child I’d wear any clip-on earrings I could find. As I entered my teens and early 20’s I found a new passion in large earrings. I’d scour garage sales, antiques stores and flea markets for findings. I’d take apart and remake long earrings to suit my ever-growing love of long earrings. I traded my handmade jewelry for clothing, vet services, car service, etc. I attended the University of Southern Colorado University in Pueblo majoring in Fine Arts. It was there I got my first taste of metalsmithing and stone cutting. After graduating I worked with beads, wood and fabrics for a number of years. In the past 8 years I’ve focused mainly on metals.I like the idea of well-loved pieces. Jewelry needs to be worn and loved. It makes me happy to have one of my handmade pieces become a treasured “friend” to the wearer.I live in a 100-year-old miner’s cottage in Old Town Lafayette and work out of my solar run studio in the backyard. I have studio helpers in the shape of one black cat and one small white dog. My studio is a happy place! Recently I started working on some wall hangings using my metal and acrylic skills. I love the way the acrylic glows with incredible transparent colors and how the metal reflects against it. I’ve also added spoon making to my list of pieces. I also enjoy working with customers creating one of kind pieces from some of their own saved treasures.