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.

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!

A Museum…A Memorial…Both


It took me many attempts to bring myself to this museum. Six months after 9/11,I stared at the hole in the ground, shuddering at what these people went through by jumping from a building with a fire behind them. I’ve been in a fire and I know why they leapt to their death. I’m glad I went. That is all.

Moving Metal Part 1 of 3

Chasing metal is defined as The techniques of repoussé and chasing use the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated.

This photo is an elephant from Nepal in 1640. Thank You Rubin Museum! http://rubinmuseum.org/

Pretty cool place to visit if you are in NYC.