Bio/Statement

 

 

Having grown up with parents who were dedicated naturalists, gardeners, and bird watchers, my work is greatly influenced by natural forms. An interest in archeology and architecture also plays a part in forms that I borrow from. My metal work has been evenly split between gold and silver jewelry, and larger works in silver and bronze.

My larger work is generally constructed from sheet metal that has been formed by a manual die-forming process. My graduate school professor, Richard Thomas, invented this process, (using masonite and MDF), and I have continued to develop it over the past 28 years. I enjoy hammering out large simple forms, that I then cut apart, and reassemble using silver solder. Another technique that I employ is called fold-forming. This combination of folding, hammering, and then opening the resulting form closely resembles the way plants grow and develop. I find that the action of stretching out a folded form, closely resembles how photosynthesis creates forms found in the natural world.

From 1987 – 2005 I was an Assistant Professor of Metals at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Currently I am teaching part-time for the New Hampshire Institute of Art in my home town of Manchester. This is in the same building where I took my first lessons, 35 years ago.


Why a web Site?  All of the objects on this site are sold, however they are here to stimulate ideas for things you might want to commission. The best way to contact me is by email.  This contact can lead to ideas, drawings, mock-ups, etc. that lead up to a finished product.  Please allow at least a month for jewelry and longer for larger, more complex pieces