I have been making things all of my life. Some of my earliest memories are scavenging the wood pile and barn for things to put together or drive a nail into. For my 10th Christmas, all I asked for was “Ten rolls of scotch tape and a big bottle of glue.” Turns out, a gallon of Elmer’s lasts a long time!
A few years back, I re-discovered a love of rocks and took a wire-wrapping class. Little did I know how that was going to change my life! A short year later, I went from being a veterinary technician and dog trainer to being self-employed, making and selling jewelry. In 2008 I accepted a job offer from Veberod Gem Gallery in Minnetonka, Minnesota and became the resident Lapidary Specialist. In 2010 I became the primary instructor for a full line of classes including silversmithing, wire wrapping, and lapidary. Currently, I work full time at Veberod as an instructor and bench jeweler.
Most of my education has been on-the-job training, accented by reading, experimenting and taking classes when I can. In 2010, I completed a workshop with Marilynn Nicholsen from Taos School of Metalsmithing and Lapidary, and in 2011 I completed a workshop with Michael Good at DSMA. I love to learn, and I love to teach and I love what I do!