Collaborations

and Experiments

Unfurling, copper, paper, thread, 4 x 2 x 1 feet, 2016.

Photo Credit: Blake Smith, multi-media artist

Collaboration with awesome paper artist Elizabeth Speaker (check out her instagram @elizabethspeakerstudio) and worn on the runway for the Exhibition in Motion at the Society of North American Goldsmith's conference.

Ceres, steel, copper, laser-cut leather, 4 x 2 x 3 ft, 2017. Photo Credit: Blake Smith

Second collaboration with Elizabeth Speaker (check out her instagram @elizabethspeakerstudio) and worn on the runway for the 2017 Exhibition in Motion at the SNAG conference, with the theme of "Unmasked: Conceal and Reveal."

More views of Ceres below.

Lost Sea, enamel, copper, glass, 14 x 11 inches, 2016


Transitional Works

Some of my favorite pieces have been experiments or "one-offs."

These pieces along with collaborations with other artists keep me fresh in the studio and often lead to new bodies of work.

Lost Sea (left) was made as part of the Metropolitan Arts Council's Flat Out Under Pressure, an annual 24-hour-art-making event. The imagery refers to the loss of freshwater bodies of water such as the Aral Sea due to human diversion. It was recently exhibited at the Blaze International Enameling Exhibition in Taiwan and at the Richmond Art Center. Check out my similar work in glass below.

Aral Sea Series: Desiccate, Deplete, and Dispossess. Glass, enamel, copper, silver, brass, nickel; 2015, each 6 x 6 x 5 inches.

Ties into the Undesirables Series.

Out of Time, enamel, silver, gold, graphite, 2013, handmade chain 15 in, locket 3 x 2 x 1 inches. The ovoid or egg becomes a motif, also explored in the Undesirables.

Krakatoa, enamel, copper, wood, 22 x 22 inches, 2013

This piece metaphorically compares the loss of loved ones to natural disaster. The egg shapes refers to my archaeological drawings of pot burials. The appropriated map image depicts impact measurement zones across the earth. This piece was made as part of the Metropolitan Arts Council's Flat Out Under Pressure, a 24-hour-art-making event. The piece below deals with similar themes.

Earthquake. Enamel on copper, 8.5 x 11 inches, 2012. Click here to check out my similar Sunset series.

Targets, enamel on steel, 2002, 28 x 15 inches

Population Density, enamel on steel, 2002, 28 x 15 inches

Cannons and Stars, enamel on steel, 2002. 30 x 28 inches.

The pieces above were made as a mash-up response to 9/11 and a museum exhibit about the American Civil War. These pieces led into my Patterns of Conflict series.

2018 Collaboration with ceramic artist Kelly King, my awesome colleague at the Fine Arts Center!

Romantic Rendition brooch, copper, enamel, sterling, topaz, citrine, 3 x 2 x 1, 2015.


Collaboration with Katie Poterala, jeweler extraordinaire, FAC Alumna and fellow instructor! Check out her new venture Make Made here in Greenville!