I am a stone cutter and silversmith living on the Big Island of Hawaii. I have been making jewelry for over fifteen years, enjoying the full process from mining to fabrication and marketing. All of my jewelry is hand made, none of my pieces are cast, and I cut and fit many of the stones I use. I am constantly experimenting and exploring new ideas in my studio and therefore have a range of jewelry lines. Learning my craft in the studio of an Alaskan designer in Santa Fe , I am fortunate to have access to fossil ivory and the ability to carve and scrimshaw, which I often employ to give a “face” to my work. In addition, I am blessed by my friends and connections in the Ethnographic Art world and find inspiration in the amazing art and artifacts I am surrounded by at shows, as well as the history of adornment throughout the world. Finally, I am a bit of a Nature Girl, and am happiest highlighting my favorite parts in stones and fossils and, with my lapidary background, will cut and polish almost anything I find and turn it into wearable art.
At Kokiri Putahi Artists Gathering, Aotearoa (New Zealand) Photo by Luke Barrowcliffe