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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Tool Talk

Do You Have Trouble Filing Straight? If you have taken a class with me or if you have seen me work, undoubtedly you have seen me use a miter vise. My Ohio pal, Debbie Brown, introduced me to the toolmakers vise, a kissing cousin to the miter vise. What I like about this tool is […]

Lucky Girls Club

The ladies arrived, organized their workspace and put on their aprons. Not just any ole apron, but one that Suzi, a member of the group, silk-screened for each member. On it was printed “Lucky Girls Club, San Diego, California, 2013”. Here is the story behind the apron. A month ago Terri Brush, principle organizer of […]

Confections For The Soul

Sunday, February 24th My life is not always a cupcake, but I have to tell you, the last weekend at the Yuma Symposium was sweetness itself. The Thursday night review of upcoming workshops left me doubting there would be anything really special I could carry home. Oh my, how wrong I was. One workshop after […]

Goldmine In My Own Living Room

Friday, February 22 Most notable today was a talk by Dean Adams, professor of ceramics at Montana State University. From the beginning of his talk I was drawn to this generous, open-hearted man who urged us to make the best use of every minute we have left. He reminded us of death and how much […]