Play is a central theme in my work. My inspiration comes from science fiction, comic books, mechanical toys and Japanese animation, so the look is futuristic and fun. I like pieces that make a bold statement so I use big shapes, clean lines and bright colors. Equally important is to maintain the same high level of comfort and craftsmanship, which I learned as a traditional goldsmith. My ultimate goal is to create pieces that are sculptural on their own and functional as jewelry.
While fine jewelry has always been about beauty, craftsmanship and great design, I also want my work to be available to a broad audience. I use materials such as sterling and lab-grown or less expensive gems so that I can focus on form, and make innovative design affordable.
I was introduced to jewelry design in high school at the Perpich Center for Arts Education. In 1991 I began an apprenticeship which became my full-time job throughout college. I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in History from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1997. After college, I set off on my own, using the traditional goldsmithing techniques I had learned in combination with my non-traditional design style to create my own line of jewelry.