As a jewellery artist, I focus on creating distinctive handcrafted pieces that incorporate gold and silver precious metals, and a variety of precious and semi-precious gemstones.
A selection of my hand-crafted jewellery is now available at the Art Gallery of Peterborough gift shop, Proximity Gallery on Stoney Lake, Gallery in the Attic, Lew Gallery in Buckhorn, and at Launch Gallery at the Art School of Peterborough. Drop in for a browse. If you have special wishes, please contact me to discuss. I can customize the design, make any length of necklace or bracelet, and make rings to size.
Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour
I'm very excited to be participating again in the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour on September 26 & 27, 2015. Organized by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the tour features over 34 talented local artists. I will be exhibiting at a downtown location at the Art School of Peterborough, 174A Charlotte Street, along with artist Rob Niezen.
Jewellery-making classes & home parties
Learn the traditional skills of a goldsmith with private lessons at my home studio, from beginner to advanced, please contact me to make individual arrangements.
Or join one of my jewellery classes at the Art School of Peterborough. Weekly classes run throughout the year, or consider the many workshops that focus on specific techniques or projects including:
- Byzantine Bracelet - make a byzantine bracelet and hand-made clasp.
- Chainmaking - explore making a variety of chain patterns used in jewellery.
- Casting in Silver - create unique designs in wax and finish the cast silver pieces.
- Silver Band Rings - form and solder silver into band rings for carving or texturing.
- Earrings for Fun - earrings made from wire, beads and a little imagination.
- Pearl/bead Stringing - learn the correct way to knot pearl necklaces using silk thread.
- Roller printing - create unique designs in metals with a rolling mill.
- Stone setting - learn to set gemstones in bezels or tube settings.
If you are interested in a organizing a home party to make your own bracelets or earrings, please contact me for details.
Local Stuller Representative
I'm also pleased to be a local representative for Stuller Inc., a prime manufacturer and distributor of jewellery and related products. Browse their collection of finished jewellery or customizable options, and feel free to contact me for a price quote.
Be informed when buying jewellery
Have you heard of the new tarnish resistant sterling silver?
Can you distinguish between karat gold, gold-filled and gold-plate jewellery?
Are you allergic to some metals? Learn how to avoid metals like nickel in jewellery.
Many gems are made artificially - how do you know if what you are buying is real?
....if you've got a question about jewellery, I would be happy to advise.
Contributing to a Sustainable Environment
Like many people, I feel a responsibility to reduce my impact on the environment and I strive to do so when producing my jewellery. It's interesting to note that metalsmiths have been making objects and jewellery for thousands of years, yet electricity has only been available for the past one hundred years or so. Thus, much of a goldsmith/jeweler's work involves skill and knowledge and basic hand tools.
I prefer to focus on traditional techniques such as piercing, cold forging, roller printing, forming and texturing, which do not require electricity. I do not use mass production techniques such as electronic lazer welders, computer-aided design/manufacturing, electroplating and other energy dependent methods.
Some of the ways I reduce my impact are by: choosing to use metals that have a high percentage of recycled material (silver and gold), replacing harsh chemicals such as nitric and sulfuric acids with less harmful alternatives like citric acid, and sourcing gemstones from ethical suppliers.
My home and studio are designed with passive solar heating in mind, augmented by geothermal heating. I continue to find ways to reduce my impact on the environment.