Before I worked
in jewelry, knitting and knotting (macramé) provided the
challenge of being creative within a formal structure. Knitting
and later, gemstone bead designs offered an opportunity to work
with patterns of both color and texture, but I found the palette
of colors limiting until I discovered polymer clay. This
is a pigmented synthetic moldable material which cures to a flexible solid. The
color patterns are the result of techniques derived from those used
by lampwork glass
artists in the construction of canes for millefiori.
Working in polymer allows unlimited space to explore the synergy of color, pattern, and texture. All of the
polymer beads and components in my work are handmade in my
My main artistic influences have been the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements, and the work that resonates the most with me combines organic elements in a geometric framework.
Although I generally have a plan when I sit down to work, I hardly ever know what will happen after it is executed—the wabi-sabi combination of materials before me in the studio is a continuing adventure--I have a hard
time throwing out things-that-might-be-useful-someday (every member
of my family will attest to this), and new designs regularly emerge
from bits and pieces that have been lying around the studio (click
to see). Some of them are favorites of mine.