My curiosity and love of creating things came early, on family trips to the creek bank as a child, where we gathered natural clay and brought it home to make our own sculptures. I always enjoyed creating art pieces and sculptures with wood, clay, paper towels, and other miscellaneous materials… even my own hair! As a young adult, I became interested in the sciences, and the mechanics of the world, and realized, through volunteer opportunities and family events, an aptitude for teaching. I obtained a B. A. degree in Elementary Education and used that to develop and teach fun science programs for students and teachers at Discovery Place, a hands-on science museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 2001, I purchased some beads and wire with a friend for the purpose of making a few pairs of simple bead-dangle earrings. Thus began my passion for jewelry making! I became intrigued by the versatility of wire, and fascinated by the intricate sculptural designs I could make with varying gauges. I also began experimenting with polymer clay, a fun, versatile, and inexpensive medium.
In 2006, I began creating custom wire wrapped pieces. I continued to hone and expand my jewelry making skills and techniques through various online classes, and later at Front Range Community College and Denver School of Metal Arts, where I learned traditional metalsmithing.
In 2011, Tula Stone Jewelry was born. Today, I sell my wire-wrapped and metalsmithed jewelry online at tulastonejewelry.storenvy.com, and at The Corner Boutique in Lyons, Colorado. I also teach wire wrapping and write jewelry making tutorials.
My love of both art and science remains a driving force in my exploration of new techniques, materials and designs. I continue to expand my skill and knowledge base through ongoing education and experimentation, and to embrace new opportunities to teach. I enjoy watching others learn and guiding them in that process.
Denver School of Jewelry Arts
Clear Creek Business Center 6810 N. Broadway Unit L Denver, CO 80221 (303) 997-9846