Crafting an Artful Life: Imaginative Musings on Creativity

Time for Relief! My Extended Eastern Repoussé Course Is Open!
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Time for Relief! My Extended Eastern Repoussé Course Is Open!

It might be difficult to change the world, but you can definitely make metal bend to your will. It’s time for some relief! Truthfully, Eastern repoussé and chasing is one of my most favorite classes to teach because I get to watch people learn to think dimensionally in ways they didn’t know were possible to…

Filigree’s Beautiful Lace + Wildly Forged Silver
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Filigree’s Beautiful Lace + Wildly Forged Silver

It’s been yet another tough week, here on planet Earth. Frankly, I have been grateful to be living indoors with adequate water and, occasionally, heat. Last week our not-very-old-furnace tripped the carbon monoxide detector when I wasn’t in the house, but my son and husband were. Still, there was electricity to power that alarm to…

A Filigree Rebel with a Reverence for the Past
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A Filigree Rebel with a Reverence for the Past

Thinking back to what made me good at filigree, I’ve probably proven my own theory that that the rise and fall of certain technologies is related to the economic constraints of a particular time and culture…except that it didn’t always. Long long ago (”in a galaxy far far away”…almost 35 years ago!) I was a…

The Online School of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design
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The Online School of Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design

It’s official! I don’t just teach courses, workshops, and masterclasses. I have my own school. Technically, it’s been official for a while, but after many months of work behind the scenes, I’ve assembled all the pieces, fused the foundation, soldered the connections, forged the materials, and sanded like mad to present my school’s shiny polished…