Jewelry has been my passion since growing up in rural Minnesota. I began beading with found objects, and transitioned to using metals and semi-precious stones while majoring in metalsmithing at Syracuse University in upstate New York. 

My work is often influenced by my training as an art historian. Studying the Renaissance period and living in Florence, Italy inspired a jewelry line replicating the adornments worn by the Grand Duchess of Tuscany in the 16th century. An accompanying thesis focused on the symbolic significance of the Duchess's jewelry due to the incorporation of powerful familial imagery.

Jewelry making has brought me to the Balkans, where I studied the art of filigree adornments on a Fulbright grant to the country of Kosovo. Living in the historic town of Prizren, I worked with the oldest filigree company in the country and learned the cultural importance of this traditional craft.

Currently, I live and work in Florence as a recent graduate in Italian Renaissance art history. I split my time between the studio and teaching undergraduate study abroad students.

Awards

  • 2014-2015 Syracuse University Graduate Fellow, Italian Renaissance Art History
  • 2013-2014 Fulbright Grantee to Kosovo
  • 2013 Speaker at the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts conference
  • 2013 Orlin Prize for Best Overall Honors Capstone, Syracuse University Honors
 

Above photo of the artist by Kirsten Celo