Retiring after 32 years in the banking industry I was finally able to pursue my creative side. After working in a number of mediums I discovered metal clay in 2009 and it quickly became my passion! I allowed myself to follow many paths with the art, never constrained by any particular metal, theme or topic. My pieces are lovingly designed and crafted.
I became an Art Clay Instructor in 2010, and went on to become a Senior Art Clay Instructor and a Hadar Jacobson Accredited Instructor. I was juried into the Metal Arts Guild of NS in 2010 and Craft Nova Scotia in 2011 thru the Metal Arts Guild. I've taught at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, Halifax Bead & Metal Clay and from my two studios as well as travelling and teaching at various venues. I sells my work at numerous Art shows in Nova Scotia as well as the Art Gallery of NS.
I am now working on my first level of the Masters Registry Program
Metal clay is an innovative product that contains micron size pieces of silver (gold, bronze, copper, steel) mixed with non-toxic binders and water. Due to its make up Metal Clay allows you to craft fine pieces of jewelry without having to follow traditional metal smithing techniques. The clay can be rolled, pinched, textured, cut, shaped, poked, or carved very much like ceramic clays. When kiln, or torched fired the binders burn away, leaving a pure 99.9% silver jewelry or art piece. The most wonderful aspect of the clay is that anyone regardless of experience level can walk away with a beautiful fine silver jewelry piece after a short introductory lesson. Students can then continue on their own with a very modest financial investment if they wish.
I love the art of jewelry making it inspires me, this creative art helps me feel content, peaceful and fulfilled.
What I know is that every individual achieves this state in their own way. As an instructor I am here to assist my students in achieving their desires in anyway I can. Whether that’s pulling inspiration from nature, art, or out of project books I’m here to assist my students along their chosen path.