I attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education, otherwise known as the Minnesota arts high school and had a jewelry making class that I loved taught by Cheryl Rydmark, a jeweler who now lives in northern California. I ended up getting an apprenticeship with Cheryl, which we originally thought would just be for the summer, but I ended up working for her for almost 7 years, during which time I attended college.
In 1999, I started my own business, growing it slowly from a part-time business in a shared studio space, to a full-time business in a big sunny space of my own, although I still work alone. I sell wholesale to stores and do quite a lot of custom wedding rings. I really try to use the most eco-friendly and socially conscientious materials for my work, which means using recycled metals, and gems which are either recycled, fair trade or laboratory-grown. Read More