I take steel, get it hot, hit it with a hammer on an anvil, and make it beautiful. I continue to explore the endless ways to transform hard, industrial materials into lively, organic pieces of sculpture and functional art.
After learning steel fabrication as a props artisan in the theater I began working backwards technologically. I use a mixture of modern and ancient methods to create my pieces.
I have found a special affinity for sheet work, particularly repousse and high relief chasing. In 2001 I won a CBA grant to study high relief chasing with Kirsten Skiles at the Campbell Folkschool. After winning a Bedayn grant in 2005 I spent several transformative weeks in the Czech Republic and studied Louis XVI ornament and tooling from the master smith Alfred Habermann. In May of 2010 I traveled to Ivano-Frankivsk to participate and exhibit in the Union of Ukrainian Blacksmiths Festival with blacksmiths from around the globe.
I appreciate the generosity of my husband and the blacksmithing community in helping me along this path.