"In my metalwork, I strive to balance beautifully weatherworn and natural surface embellishments harmoniously within bold and minimalist designs. My aesthetic style represents the beauty of withstanding harsh elements in life by virtue of perseverance, resilience, and integrity. People have described my work as elegant yet edgy, earthy, delicate, detailed and raw.
My work features unique organic surface embellishments which are created using a variety of techniques which include hand-fabrication, lost-wax carving and casting, rollerprinting, forging, fusing, etc. I am most recognized for my incorporation of thinly rolled 24K gold in my work using an ancient korean gilding technique called Keum-boo.
I am also known for my use of oxidation, which is a controlled process of intentionally blackening (tarnishing) metal. This technique helps enhance the fine surface details within my work. I find this process to be beautifully symbolic. Exposure to the elements causes silver to tarnish over time, yet this affects only the outermost layers. As a result, the tarnish protects the underlying silver from further corrosion. To me, this symbolizes strength within and is a good reminder that we can withstand the elements even when we feel worn out. Our unique surfaces, as with the metal textures, tell a story. Every scar, smile line, frown line has a memory, a meaning, a lesson learned. We are valuable, beautiful, and deserving underneath it all.
My creations are often one-of-a-kind and limited-edition. I also do some custom work and limited production lines. I work primarily in sterling silver, brass, copper, and gold as well as various alternative materials such as gemstones, pearls, and wood."
Allegory: A series of stone settings, inspired during a personal pursuit of healing and wellness during recovery following surgery, created using the lost-wax casting technique. Each setting is hand-carved in wax to uniquely embrace each handpicked stone and then casted in sterling silver
Anchorage: A series of unique kinetic "washboard" fidget pendants, originally created from a mold using 3D printing technology, and then altered and casted in sterling silver using the lost-wax casting method. This collection also includes hand-fabricated spinner/meditation rings
Ashore: A molten texture, resembling flux between a solid and liquid state, originally created by fusing molten brass to sterling silver
Maritime Bough: Originally hand-carved in wax and casted using lost-wax casting technique, this collection is reminiscent of both land and sea. The surface embellishment is inspired by both the branches of a tree and the breaking waves created by the bow of a ship at sea
Resilient Edge: radiant edges created with a hammer, beauty created from the metal withstanding and adapting to destructive external pressures
Soaring: delicate patterns created using real bird feathers imprinted into the metal