Silver, known since ancient times, has long been valued as a precious metal. This lustrous white metal continues to be formed into ornaments and jewelry.
I love to create beautiful pieces for you.
My jewellery is handcrafted with fine silver precious metal clay, sterling silver components, gemstones and glass. I occasionally incorporate other wire or found objects for interest and accent in my pieces.
Silver Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a product consisting of fine particles of silver mixed with an organic binder and water to form a clay-like substance. This can be molded and formed much like clay or plasticine. Once shaped the way I want it, the piece is dried, sanded and fired in a kiln. The organic binder burns away, leaving the piece of fine silver. It’s very cool to see this process happen. (I’ll post pictures so you can see it).
I began creating jewelry in the 1990’s. My inspiration comes from my grandfather, who was a rock hound – he would seek out interesting rocks and later fashion his finds into jewelry. As a young girl, I was awed by the stones and the meanings that flow from a piece of handcrafted jewelry.
When I discovered silver precious metal clay and silver wire work, and was inspired all over again to create artisan pieces.
I am Certified Level 1 in PMC and have taken courses in working with wire. I am also self-taught. I continue to learn to improve my techniques and therefore my jewellery pieces.
You can see my work at:
- Side Street Studio in Victoria, BC (2 locations and online)
- Little Cricket Gift Gallery – 2 locations: Fort Langley and Maple Ridge, BC (Greater Vancouver)
- Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria BC (look on the “earring wall” in the gift shop – they carry BC artisans work)
- Bastion Square Artisan Market: April – October, Thursday, Friday, Saturday weather permitting
Thanks for looking at my work!