This is a review of Copper Etching kid's summer camp. This was a great way to spend a free week of my summer. You can make things from bookmarks and rings to bracelets and necklaces, and also a few of your own nick-knacks. You learn how to use things such as jewelry saws, torches, a rolling mill, and others. I look forward to taking other camps here. I would also like there to be a stone setting camp!
As a transplanted Midwesterner, it is my good fortune to live
and work in the mountains of North Carolina, surrounded by natural
beauty and a vibrant craft community. While I spend
most of my time as a studio jeweler, selling my work through
galleries and at craft shows, I also love teaching
workshops. When not in the studio, I am usually working
on our house with my partner, David. My work is fueled by a
fascination with detail, pattern, and surface; lichen on trees,
flaking paint on rusty old metal, the texture and pattern in
vintage fabrics, and architectural details just to name a
few. I travel whenever possible because each place has it’s
own way of inspiring me, whether it’s the people, the architecture,
or natural surroundings.
My creative process is time consuming but drawing on metal
provides a surface that is unique and can’t be achieved any other
way. Colored pencil drawing allows me to blend colors and
create patterns that are uniquely mine. I draw on metal
because it is strong but easily formed. I create jewelry
because I appreciate the intimacy of an art form that is worn on
the body and that, historically, carries emotional weight.
Jewelry combines so many components that I love: fashion, ornament,
art, texture, color, and structure.
Currently I am working on a new line of work that is all about
structure and texture but less about color. I’m excited to
see where this body of work takes me but I will continue working in
color as well. I am especially interested in teaching this
style of fabrication and in helping students improve their
Drawings aren’t just for the wall, anymore.