Color and Texture
Two words that wind their way through my work. When creating pieces I may let color stand on its own with wire and connectors kept simple to take back stage. Other pieces the weaving pattern will add more interest to the stone and glass or may let the wire take center stage and the color give the accent. Mixing soft and hard textures together enables them to share the spotlight and enhance each other's qualities. Each piece starts with a plan but often the materials have a different idea. This is especially true of the more complex pieces. The design will evolve as work progresses, and if I listen to what the materials are telling me the results will be very satisfying. A successful design for me create visual interest as well as a desire to touch and feel the textures. It is a supreme complement if you want to touch the piece.
Materials used are tumbled stained glass pieces and semiprecious stones. The glass used are pieces of stained glass that are tumbled to give them a frosted surface. Most are from left over from my own stained glass projects created for family, friends or myself. Creating jewelry from these brings back memories of the projects and the people associated with them. The semiprecious stones and beads are chosen based on their color and texture that catch my interest at the time. Bronze and copper wire are my favorite because of their warm colors. When the glass and stone prefers silver, it will be utilized. Different metal colors bring out different qualities to the glass and stone so I match the metal color to bring out the quality I am trying to achieve. The joy of using different techniques to bring out the best in the materials makes each piece a labor of love.