“Jewellery is created with patience and passion. It should be pleasing to look at and easy to wear. My hope is that it brings the same enjoyment to the wearer as it has to me in its making"
I came to jewellery and metalsmithing from a background of teaching science and mathematics. My long-held interest in gemstones led me to a basic gemology course on my way to completing an Honours degree in Geology, from the University of Queensland.
My initial metalwork & jewellery training was at the Albuquerque School of Jewelers and the Gold & Silversmithing Institute in Albuquerque, but I continue to learn by experience and via workshops and the generous help of colleagues.
I am based in southeast Queensland in Australia (originally in Brisbane, but now in the Gold Coast).
My style is quite varied, since my preferred practice consist almost entirely of "one off" pieces - either custom made to reflect a client's individualism or as exhibition pieces.
My own preference is for clean-cut lines and geometric shapes, frequently asymmetric, but often influenced by ancient designs (perhaps reflecting the Native American influence of my training). I use many combinations of materials and textures and frequently incorporate some form of colour, such as precious and semi-precious stones, patinas and enamelled silver. I use local materials and gemstones where possible, sometimes cutting and polishing them myself but I'm forever on the lookout for uncommon materials that will enhance my work.
In recent years, the colourful medium of enamel, its potential, and the challenges it presents have been strong driving forces in my work and is now one of my favourite (if still untamed) techniques. Vibrant, subtle or dramatic effects are all possible for jewellery and decorative objects - and all are equally tempting to pursue. I use a variety of methods to define the design elements of enamel pieces and each presents its own difficulties of application, adherence to, and chemical compatibility with, the underlying metal. But herein likes the excitement (and frustration) of enamelling - its boundless range and unexpected fickleness. We wouldn’t have it any other way!