From his studio northeast of Seattle, Washington, Ron Pascho now looks at the world a little differently. His life changed several years ago when he retired from a career in fish health research, and completed a rewarding term as President of the Seattle Metals Guild. Having more time to spend in his studio has energized an interest in metalsmithing that began years earlier. He has since been accepted into the juried arts organization, Northwest Designer Craftsmen, and has served 2 terms on its Board of Directors. Travels abroad have shown him that the quality in artistic work may go beyond material worth. He is especially drawn to the art of Africa, to the magic and invisible meanings behind even the simplest object. Ron worked almost 3 decades as research microbiologist, a profession based on careful attention to detail. He really can’t escape that part of his life, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he may use many of the precise techniques of jewelry fabrication to capture the character of nontraditional art.