I grew up in a rural Quaker community in the mountains of Costa Rica, where life included pie socials, building bees, few cars, no TV, and Christmas gifts made by hand. Remoteness resulted in a necessary self-sufficiency, so if things broke, we fixed them, or did without. A legacy of this up-bringing is an expansive and meditative patience with the process of making things.
I've been teaching jewelry making nationally and internationally for most of the last couple decades. It's tremendous fun to open new doors for students, and a fabulous bonus when those students grow into friends. My work has been published most recently in the books 500 Gemstone Jewels; Art Jewelry Today 2; Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet; and Chain Mail Jewelry. I live and work in Seattle, WA.