I first became interested in jewelry and beads at the age of 12 years old when my mother gave me an old necklace that had hundreds of seed beads. I didn’t realize then that this was the beginning of a life of creative expression. Each of my beaded spheres begins with a wooden core that is dyed to match the seed bead exterior. One bead at a time I meticulously hand-weave each sphere covering the wooden core entirely with individual tiny glass seed beads. I developed my bead weaving techniques almost 20 years ago and continue to look for and work on new shapes and sizes that I may find over the years. In addition I hand-fabricate the complementary sterling silver components that encircle run through and top the spheres. I have studied metal smithing for the past 10 years developing a language that works with my beaded rounds. I have won four Best in Category awards 2 at the JMK MidSummer Arts Festival 1 in Philadelphia and 1 in Sedona.
Port Clinton Art Festival: 47.5
Third Ward Art Festival: 29