I gather beach glass from the shores of New England. I am drawn by the
unique shapes and soothing colors of the glass that has been tossed and
tumbled along the rocky coast for many years. I select pieces of beach
and complementary glass and set them into intricate and creative
designed necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and other fine jewelry.
The glass is hand bezel-set in sterling silver or gold, accompanied by
pearls and semi-precious stones. On occasion I include beautiful pieces
of beach pottery into my designs. My signature series is called “Oceans
Apart”, dedicated to my family and friends across the seas. Today, in
addition to using natural beach glass, the line has evolved into an
augmentation of the glass by shaping and coloring; this has opened up an
endless color and design palette. My work is contemporary, one of a
kind jewelry inspired by Mother Nature, if it were not for beach glass I
would not have the jewelry career I have today.
I am following in the footsteps of the two people most inspirational to
my work, my late Grandmother, and my Mother. My Mother is a graduate of
the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and has since
moved to Oaxaca Mexico with my Father where she continues creating art
and jewelry. When my Grandmother passed away, I dedicated my jewelry
career to her, symbolizing her memory in an Ocean Angel’ talisman that
was created from my favorite pieces of beach glass. My Grandmother,
originally from Holland, was a silversmith and jewelry designer. I
began my jewelry career with classes at Massachusetts College of Art.
My first project was to create an object that reflected the
environment. I chose to incorporate various shades of green beach glass
into the design of a palm tree. The seed was planted! Classes in
goldsmithing and jewelry design followed in Seattle Washington,
continued at the Decordova Museum and other jewelry workshops. I now
work in Swampscott Massachusetts and have been creating beautiful
jewelry for over 10 years.