I started making copper enamel jewelry in 2016 when I quit my corporate job in order to rejoin the creative world. I did this part-time until 2022, when I decided to do it full-time.
Copper enamel, which has existed since the 13th century BC, is a process in which ground glass is applied to copper and the two are fused together using a torch or kiln. I use a torch most of the time to keep finer control of the results.
I really enjoy the copper enamel process, and the fact that every piece is created with specific design intentions, but is never exactly the same as another piece. Each one is influenced by the way the sprinkled glass lands, the layout of the wildflowers, or the way the torch flame or length of firing time impacts darkness on the edges.
A lover of all things Austin and surrounding areas, I am inspired by its creative people, rich landscape, and abundant local food and music, so unique to my hometown and Texas. In my copper enamel work, you can often find images that reflect the state of Texas in the form of the TX shape, the flag, and wildflowers. You can find these on my hand-stitched bolo ties, necklaces, earrings, Christmas ornaments, and keychains.
I have added man-made, high-quality Austrian crystals and pearls to my jewelry collection. The shimmer of the crystals and wide variety of colors makes creating jewelry such a pleasure. Most pieces are versatile and can be worn with casual dress or for going out on the town. Light catches the colorful depth of the crystals and creates a sparkle that’s hard not to notice. Even crystals in long hair make their presence known.
And fine man-made pearls are for all ages and occasions and can really enhance your ensemble: from single pearls on dangly earrings to full strands that enhance your neck. So simple, yet elegant.