My jewelry reflects my love of metal and stone. An artistic mix of Silver, Gold, Bronze, Brass and gemstones compose my work. My pieces often express a relationship to others or earth. An elegant, organic look prevails. Metals such as bronze and silver are often combined for contrast and beauty.
Fusing and Soldering are predominantly employed and many times in collaboration with each other. Fusing creates detailed clean lines. I incorporate Patinas (colors) into my designs for contrast and color. I often apply gold using Keum-Boo, an ancient technique for applying gold with heat and pressure. Beading and Wire wrapping are used to a lesser degree and often combined with soldered designs.
From childhood I had many influences which contribute to my perspective and designs. My mother is an awarding winning potter and sculptor, still creating in her eighties. Through her I learned my most valuable lesson – to be fluid and changeable in design and life. My father was a collector of early American fine art and specialized in metal artifacts. I developed a deep appreciation for hand forged metal. My grandfather was an avid rock collector, spending much of his life collecting rocks, fossils and gemstones in the Western states. His deep love for the earth and rocks formed lasting impressions which lead me to study the earth sciences and major in Geology in college.
I spent first half of my life in a technical career, including being a founder in a start-up energy information company. Software design was my creative outlet. In 2006, my husband and I decided to adopted a baby girl from Vietnam and I left software to be with her full time. During that time I dreamed about doing something completely different from software. When she began first grade, I embarked on Sanitas Designs, my jewelry business. “Sanitas” is the name of a local mountain in Boulder, my favorite place to hike and reflect.