About Me

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In this space I intend to give you some insight into the process of jewellery making/design that I use;  to show some of the steps from an idea to a wearable piece.  I will “show and tell” you about things that inspire me which will be wide ranging from something beautiful to look at, another artist’s work, or a cause I think is worthwhile.   I hope that you will be inspired too.

A little about me:
It all started by accident in 2002 with some glass beads… or was it fate?!

I enjoy the thrill of a new design revealing itself to me, the patience required to create the piece and the satisfaction of holding a well made beauty at the end of the process!

I am a formally trained goldsmith and I am experienced in bead weaving, on and off loom; as well as wire-work, stringing, pearl knotting and chain maille, and metalsmithing. I am mostly self taught, but I have had the privilege to be taught by masters. I have my Jewellery Arts Diploma (goldsmithing) from George Brown College.

I am known for designs of modern temperament and eye for color. I enjoy using high quality materials ranging from gold or silver to pearls to glass beads. I also like to up-cycle jewellery parts (saving it from being in an ugly piece!) or repurposing found items.

I draw influence from many sources, such as nature, my flourishing perennial garden, poetry, animals, life and love. I am a west coast girl living in the heart of Canadian wine country. I like to laugh and I really don’t see why you can’t wear beautiful jewellery at all times. I also believe the definition of beauty is up to the individual.

I have been lucky enough to have two careers that I love (hint: this is the second one!). My first career was in the animal welfare/humane society field.  Please take some time to help a homeless or abused animal at your local shelter. They can use your help. Please remember to spay or neuter your pet.

Firepan? What’s that?

Firepan is the registered name of my horse. He is a 28 year old, Thoroughbred gelding, whose barn name is Smedley. He was rescued from the race track, and now lives in retirement with his friend, Finn.