I learned to metalsmith jewelry from Randy Burns at Arapahoe Community College. I completed beginner through advanced classes, and took additional workshops from him including “stone setting” and “casting”.
Over the years I have taken:
Granulation, Embossing, Gold Overlay and Reticulation - Harold O’Connor.
Forging workshop - Travis Ogden.
Cabochon Cutting workshop - Michael Boyd.
Stone Setting on Stone workshop - Ryan Gardner.
Mokume Gane workshop - Eric Burris.
Cuttlefish Casting workshop - Judy Brown.
While in Japan, I took oil painting, drawing, and Japanese painting from professional painters. When I was still living in the Washington, DC area, I took craft, jewelry, and art classes at a community college in Maryland.
My paintings and jewelry have been displayed in art and craft shows, such as The Pearl Street Art Festival, Winter Park Alpine Art Festival, Fine Arts & Crafts Festival in Estes Park, Castle Rock Artfest and Golden Fine Arts Festival.
In my studio at home, I often choose some gemstones, put them on my desk, and start thinking about designs that would fit each gemstone. Sometimes, I bring out wire, metal sheet, or casted metal and play with them. It's fun and opens my mind and creativity.
I keep a small sketchbook in my purse so that when I get an inspiration, I can sketch it immediately. I believe design ideas can be found everywhere-on objects, on the street, unique shape of stones or wood, shape of mountains, contours of towns, flowers or leaves. I enjoy my time finding and creating. Sometimes I make jewelry from casted twigs, leaves, flowers, twine and rocks.
As accents, I use gold or gold paste. The combination of silver and gold makes excellent harmony. I often use gemstones and sometimes I hand craft them. Looking for unique stones is fun. I also enjoy using the combination of PMC and regular metals.