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Doing it my way - with your help

I can work with you to create a very special commission.

I like to do things my way. But I have been around long enough to know that my way is not always the only, or 'best', way. Also, 'my way' is always changing and is influenced by my interactions with the universe and all the people and things in it. While I do have a load of fun in my creative process, I also really enjoy working with people on commissions to collaborate on creating a custom, unique one-of-a-kind piece in my style; but with your interactive input to make it a special piece you've helped to create.

a few of the commissions I did recently

The way this usually works is that you reach out to me with an idea. Often, this would be a variation of something you've seen that I made in the past (my Gallery shows a variety of past work by collection (not totally up to date, need to work on that...)- and Shop has current pieces). You can send me an email with an inquiry, then we will work together to arrive at a design that pulls together your ideas and my style/aesthetic. I will send you photographs of stones, cast botanicals/sea life and layouts of how the elements might be combined. I will wait for your feedback and then we will narrow in on a final design. Once the design is finalized, I'll quote a cost and set a timeline for shipment or pick up at my studio. After you approve it, I will send you an invoice for the piece. Then I get to work! As the piece comes together, there may be more interactions, texted photos, etc... to make sure we are on the same plane. I have made matching pieces for friends, surprises for loved ones, engagement and wedding rings, and just special pieces that mean more because they represent a place, an experience, or a good memory for the person I am working with.

the raw materials: stones, cast botanicals and beach stones

I really enjoy working with my clients in this way. The challenge of creating a piece that resonates with a person often pushes me in new directions. If you've been thinking about a piece you saw in a previous collection or have a favorite stone you've picked up on the beach and have an idea for a new piece of jewelry, get in touch with me, and let's get the process started.

from botanical to cast silver pieces

It is winter in the Pacific Northwest, the wind has been blowing so hard outside that the windows have been shaking. So, this is not a bad time to be working in a warm and well-lit studio. This season affords me the time to slow down and take stock of where I am and what I want to focus on in my art moving forward.  I have a new collection I am working on that has lots of rubies, big floral botanicals and a bit of gold - but I do have time for some special commissions.

I am headed to Tucson for the Gem & Mineral Show. I have a little list of things I am looking for, but if you have a commission in mind, let me know. I can always keep my eyes out for the perfect stone. Pretty excited to hit some 70 degree weather, do some hiking and see all the pretties in Tucson.

As I look forward to 2024, my word for the year is 'Explore'. I want to explore both within and outside of the studio. Inside the studio, I want to delve into new techniques and approaches to create art that is meaningful to me and that may resonate with some of my customers/collectors. I am planing on cutting back a little on the 'production' side of the business (THANK YOU to the many people who took advantage of my recent sale to help me clear some space!!) to allow myself more time to explore this craft that burns so brightly within me. Outside the studio, I plan to explore more of the awe-inspiring places this planet has to offer someone like me. Local trips, runs and hikes close to home, in other states, countries, galaxies..., who knows?

The new collection I am starting to work on has lots of rubies, big floral botanicals and gold. I am trying some new settings and new connections and loving the addition of mixed metals in these pieces. Here is a little sneak peak of what is on my bench at the moment.

If you would like to join me on any of my artistic explorations in 2024 to work collaboratively on a commission, please get in touch soon. I will commit to a limited number of custom pieces to be designed and completed in the next 6 months or so.

This beauty is blooming in our living room and bringing a little color to our indoor landscape.


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