Do you love Jewelry?

Me too. You might say, I’m a jewelry evangelist. I have a passion for teaching others, so much that I built the school, Metalwerx and then the Artisan’s Asylum Jewelry Studio. I teach workshops all over the US. What will you find here on my blog? Look for cool stories of jewelry and tips, photography, cooking, jewelry fabrication, travel and books. This blog is about what makes me tick and the cool stuff that’s out in the world.




In college, one of my metalsmithing assignments was to utilize photoetching. It’s a process that I continue to love and teach and to continue exploring. I  marvel with the serendipity of how metal etches, and the textures that is produced. One feature of etching is the ability to roller-print from the original etch, creating a book end effect. No two pieces ever look the same.

In an article from Ganoksin.com, I outline the entire process so anyone can discover etching on their own.


Announcement for Museum Show

Hey Folks! Jewelry of Burning Man has it’s own museum show at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton! Woot! You will see 175 pieces of jewelry from the ever growing collection of LadyBee and photographs by George Post. On display are two art cars and laser cut pop out rings.


February 11, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Steve Curl, BRC map breastplate, 2005. Aluminum hard drive disk, stamped, pierced, 8.5 x 6 in.
This exhibition will feature jewelry created for or during the Burning Man Festival, an annual arts gathering during, which a temporary community is erected in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Jewelry is an integral part of the Burning Man festival and has many uses including trade, fostering personal connections, and fulfilling the Gifting tenet (unconditional gifting of goods and services is a core tenet of the festival). The exhibition will explore conceptual themes and imagery that have evolved from Burning Man as well as the ongoing development of material application. The show will also include George Post’s photography of past festivals alongside sculptural work by local “burners.” This exhibition is curated by Christine Kristen and features her remarkable collection of jewelry that she collected at Burning Man over the past two decades. Playa Made is accompanied by the book, The Jewelry of Burning Man, contributed to by Karen Christians, Christine Kristen, and George Post. It will be available for sale at the Museum.

Fuller Craft will host an opening reception to celebrate both Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man and John Bisbee: Material Obsession. The reception will be on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 2 – 5 pm. John Bisbee will lead a gallery tour of his exhibition, John Bisbee: Material Obsession*, at 2:00 pm. Following at 3:00 pm will be “Makers’ Paradise: Exploring Burning Man Jewelry – A Panel Discussion” including Karen Christians, Christine Kristen, George Post, and Sumner Silverman.

The Reception is included with admission fee.

Laser Cut Pop out Rings

Designed for a larger sculpture for Burning Man’s 2015, Carnival of Mirrors, these laser cut rings allowed for little Playa gifts. At our theme camp, Oasis 47, a large archway filled with laser cut panels, allowed BRC Citizens to take away their own piece of jewelry. It was fun to hear them pop out and to watch folks place them on their finger. I think there was at least three marriage proposals!