Silver Work


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Artist Statement

My career as a jeweler has evolved over the years, starting with an early interest in beadwork and collecting ethnic beads. From there I pursued a degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at California State University, Long Beach. At present, I am exploring surface embellishment and textures on metal using combinations of sterling silver, 14k gold, 18k gold and copper as well as cast elements, gemstones and fresh-water pearls. Some of the processes I use are, roller-printing, fusing, reticulation, fold-forming, casting and forging. In addition, much of my work in sterling silver is oxidized to enhance the textures in the metal and complement the gemstones. My fascination with beads has come full circle and I am now using many of these texturing and forming methods to make my own beads.


Tigress Design Studio 2008