I spent the next several years exploring various classes at The Shepherdess and then with Connie Fox. In February of 2005 I became an Art Clay Silver Certified Level I Instructor under the tutelage of Jonna Faulkner. In 2005, to further stretch my abilities, I enrolled in a metalsmithing class taught by Deb Jemmott which has opened new avenues in my style. I am also a certified instructor in PMC through Rio Grande. In July of 2008 I completed my Senior Level Certification with Deb Jemmott.
I am a member of the Art Clay Society, PMC Guild, Metal Arts Society of Southern California, and the Bead Society of San Diego County.
Gratitude and Acknowledgments
Cooky Schock - for introducing me to the world of wire working and her generous time spent with helping me make peace with bending wire.
Jonna Faulkner - for her generous spirit and enthusiasm for teaching Art Clay Silver. Without her guidance, support, and encouragement I think I might not have pursued the medium as thoroughly as I have done. She made the process of learning this art so much fun it was infectious.
Connie Fox - for her skilled wire art instruction; many of the wire techniques present in my work I learned in her classes. Also for teaching me an endless array of interesting things to do with sheet metal; for giving me permission to step out of my “safe” color zone of black, white and beige and experience the world of color; and most importantly giving me the opportunity to teach in her studio! www.conniefox.com
Deb Jemmott - for introducing me to the wonderful and exciting world of metalsmithing. This is an ongoing process of learning and exploring which has opened new opportunities for designing. I simply cannot get enough of her classes which I continue to soak up like a sponge. www.debjemmott.com
Charlie Warner - for her beautiful lamp-work beads which give me great inspiration for creations of jewelry. www.charliescreations.com
Cornelia Jarst - for her generous gift of lamp-work beads to play with and incorporate in my work. Her beads are awesome! Please see some of my creations using Cornelia's beads at her website: www.corneliajarst.com
Pat Hill - my late best friend for her endless energy, devoted friendship and creativity, for always being an inspiration for me and her gallant fight with breast cancer. “He Ho’olaule ‘a no ke Ola o Patricia Hill, Pepuluali 8, 2001”
And most importantly - my husband, Rick - who has allowed me to spend endless hours late at night creating and most of all for letting me take over his work bench and garage to set up my studio!