FROM MY HANDS TO YOURS
What was it before?
I melt it with a torch and shape it using tools that would have been familiar to the goldsmiths of Ancient Greece. The traditional way of making jewelry is like living history. I love working in 22k gold because it’s so malleable: the vision in my mind gradually becomes a shining form in my hands.
Some gems I have had for 15 years and tried several times to do something with them, but gems have to cooperate. It’s as if the gem has a say in when the piece is the right setting for it. As if it gives permission and says: “it’s my time.”
The finished piece isn’t always what I had sketched on paper, which is fine.
When I work with the gold, I’m always looking for the happy accident, the movement that the metal naturally makes that I can incorporate into the final design.