Artist StatementI am a polymer clay jewelry and accessory artist.
As a child, I had a passion for working with my hands, especially in creating small things. This passion was part of the reason that I enjoyed dentistry as a career for 15 years. During this time, I began re-designing our home environment. I first experimented with painting our walls, then furniture, then fabric, clothes, glass, et cetera. Virtually, anything that didn’t move, I would attempt to embellish with my creative spirit “gone wild.” [You should see our house, and pity my poor family!]
After having two boys and much reflection, I felt the need to spend more time with them. During this time, creating small “containable” things such as jewelry became desirable both as a creative and practical outlet. So, I began to play with polymer clay. I am completely self-taught, therefore have endured many failures along the way. Each unique piece requires so many different steps (molding, shaping, firing, painting, glazing them using many layers of a combination of powders and alcohol inks) followed then by the careful piecing together using wire and/or beading thread, other beads and/or metals to complete my vision of graceful accessories. Each creation has a personality of it's own, which makes them hard to part with sometimes.
I am continually experimenting with different techniques, which continues to challenge me as I live out my passion: creating!