Back in 2002 I learned how to enamel. With one semester of my undergraduate education left I fell in love with fusing glass to metal. It was the perfect way to bring more life to my natural forms. I had starting honing in my skills of texturing and forming metal. Color was the next obvious step to get my metalwork closer to mimicking nature and it became the purpose to my thesis work.
From 2002 to 2003 I surrounded myself with books of flowers, flower sketches and flower themed jewelry. Living in a tenement house and sitting at my jewelers bench for days on end left me with little time to enjoy nature. Books rich in photos were as close as I could get. These books introduced me to flowers I never knew existed. My awe of nature and metalwork intertwined. I made tools to recreate natural textures and patterns. I made tools to force metal into natural forms.
I used enamel to add colors as vibrant as those Mother Earth created. I used these skills and materials to push the limits of function and create work which allowed one to capture a moment in time, nature's time, to keep forever and adorn one's self with.
One day I hope to blow the dust from these tools and force silver sheet into submission, recreating the beauty I see in nature into my beloved metals and enamels.
Here's to bigger projects and dreams.