The Maker & the Work
My work explores the relationship between materials, design and function.
As an artisan my interest in solitary work entails the pursuit of natural and industrial elements, which I form into ornamental and functional accessories. The components are integral to communicating my design ideas. Often I appropriate materials that evoke specific responses based on cultural and psychological associations: bone, horn, shell, antler, and various woods and briar root, combined with precious metals: silver, bronze and gold. I select materials from sources in Tuscany, Africa, South America and India as well as the western and midwestern states.
Singular hand-crafted pieces include silver-lined wooden cuffs, wood and bone rings, silver earrings, letter openers, marmalade and cheese knives, men’s accessories, drawer pulls and weed holders.
As the continuum of new materials and stimuli from my surroundings challenges and inspires me, I find new directions to investigate as my artistic interests evolve.
My work integrates streamlined, minimal design with honest attention to refined details of craftsmanship and a profound respect for the materials I use. What drives my designs are the pure forms of architecture and nature that have always absorbed my attention.
I fabricate ech new jewelry collection in my Chicago workroom and in southern Tuscany.