My first memorable meeting with jewelry was at the age of 10 when my Yiayia gave me a pair of 14K gold cuff links from Greece. I cherished them, despite the fact that I didn’t even own a cuff link shirt. The subsequent gifts from my grandmother, collections of small artifacts, and high school art classes inspired me to become a maker of jewelry. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1996 with a BFA, and soon after opened my own studio. There I explored what it meant to make art in the greater world, unfettered from the constraints of college life. I create custom jewelry. I am privileged to collaborate with clients in the development of something unique and special specifically for them. Participating in their weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and celebrations through jewelry is an honor – and one of the best parts of my life as a jeweler.
Formally trained at UW-Stout as a potter, Andrew and I initially worked side-by-side within our separate mediums of metal and clay; he at his bench and hammers, me at the potter’s wheel and mud. Now, Andrew and I work together as jewelers in our studio in downtown Spooner, Wisconsin. My tools and materials have changed, but my passion still lies in creating beautiful work that fits seamlessly into people’s lives.
Andrew and I live nearby in Shell Lake with our two sons and have created a work-life balance that seems to fit our family- at least most weeks! Along with being an artist, wife, and mother, I am also a faithful runner, biker, and skier- all allow me to take advantage of living in beautiful Northern Wisconsin.