I've been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be a artisan, or a maker, a craftsperson, someone who works with materials and makes something from nothing by hand. During the act of making something, I experience a kind of blissful absence of the self and a loss of time. I almost cannot get this feeling any other way. My salvation lies in time spent at my desk, blasting music or a podcast or some old movie in the background, my hands filled with pliers, hammers, stones and metal scraps. And I've come to realize that this is something that we, as humans were born to do, and, in my opinion, it is a part of what makes us feel alive and whole and accomplished. So this year my goal is to pursue incorporating this feeling of creative bliss into more than just an occasional hobby I squeeze in when there's a bit of free time.

I have been working on a new collection of unique pieces using the ancient lost wax technique. Carving each piece by hand has been a fascinating, frustrating, and rewarding process and I am looking forward to seeing how everything turns out once it has been cast and transforms from a dark blue wax to a beautiful hard metal. I will also be introducing a very small limited-edition jewelry collection—composed of pieces that strive to be timeless, cherished amulets - each one of a kind and made entirely from repurposed materials.

Other news:
I finally finished school and got my California State Teaching Credential. This means I can officially teach kids in public schools, but more importantly, I will no longer be a student and will have more time to work on jewelry!

Hope to see you out at one of these lovely events! As always, thank you so much for all the wonderful support! 

More exciting news coming in late April...



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