Metalsmith BenchTalk Interview

I will be interviewed live on Metalsmith BenchTalk, BlogTalkRadio with Jay Whaley Thursday, February 12th. Time: 3-4PM PST, 4-5 MST, 6-7 EST. We will be talking about these topics and more: my evolution from psychotherapist to jewelry designer and teacher; how my early dissatisfaction with my work led to a passionate interest in design; what […]

Master Class: Learn To Work With Sheet Metal And Cold Connections

Sponsored by Interweave’s Craft University My “Bewitching Bracelet” illustrates how cold connections can be used to both join metal and embellish it. In this class you will learn a combined 25 cold connection and fabrication skills. The course is designed to take you from “kitchen table” metalsmithing to a professional skill level. The class is […]

Master Class At Craft U

Greetings! Do you wish you could work with sheet metal and make cold connections? Perhaps you have skills that need refreshing? If you answered “yes” to either question, consider joining my online “Learn to Work with Sheet Metal and Cold Connections” class. The 7 week class is scheduled for November 5 – December 23 through […]

Beyond The Kitchen Table Metalsmithing

NEW ONLINE CLASS! Beyond The Kitchen Table Metalsmithing Merle White, editor of Jewelry Artist Magazine, asked me to do an online “beyond the kitchen table” course on basic metalsmithing skills for Craft University. The 7 week course is complete and will be available on September 24th. It is really two classes in one, basic fabrication […]

Challenging One – Done

I recently held an anticlastic cuffs class and I thought you would enjoy seeing Kathy Oxford’s bracelet. Kathy is undaunted by challenges – soldering wire to the topper, and then soldering the topper to the cuff without affecting the wire. That’s a double challenge. Jewelry making teaches us so many life lessons and walking tall […]

Make Jewelry You’ll Love in Five Steps

A Class on How to Design Contemporary Art Jewelry In a couple of months I am teaching a two day jewelry design class in Baltimore. Because the class filled up, I decided to add a second one. The description is below and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Location: Near […]

Do You Love Color on Metal?

You are in for a treat if you stop by Taboo Gallery. The works of Brooke Marks-Swanson and Helen Shirk are being featured, two talented designers who use color on metal. I “met” Brooke online when I arranged to include her work in my book on designing contemporary art jewelry. Of course, I didn’t want […]


I have not made this public up until now. Three years back I started writing a book on the jewelry-making topic I love the most, design. Self-doubt, a lack of discipline, and an easy slide into feeling overwhelmed with the prospect, kept the beginnings of my book tucked away quietly in my file drawer. Months […]

Design Talk Interview – Joan Tenenbaum

As promised, here is my November, 2013 interview with Joan Tenenbaum. Not only will you gain insights into her development as a jeweler, you will discover how Joan’s interactions with the native Alaskan people and the environment influenced her work. Connie: Many of the jewelry makers I encounter discover this path as a “second career” or after […]

Design Talk – Joan Tenenbaum

I decided to be illogical. Commonsense told me to introduce you to Joan Tenenbaum via my online December interview with her. But, power convinced me otherwise. Nothing speaks as clearly about the heart of this talented woman than her work. Joan’s jewelry, along with the stories her pieces tell, captivated me from the start. Her […]