Although stocking my regular inventory keeps me quite busy, I make sure to carve out some time every year to challenge myself and create something new and inspired. The scope of my work keeps widening and my portfolio continues to grow!
Silverware is an interesting and challenging medium to work with. The pieces with which I use to create my art have a history and often, it seems, a “mind” of their own.
As I work with these materials, I pay careful attention to how they they feel in my hands and how they bend as I intuit what their potential for transformation is. Certain materials, like sterling (925) and coin (800) silver are quite soft and because they are uniform throughout, the possibilities seem endless. Others, like silver-plated nickel, copper and brass are more difficult to work with and I have to compromise my expectations. In those cases I am the one who must become pliable!
Regardless, All of these silver pieces once had a “life” of their own before they came to me and I do my best to honour that in my own way.
Sometimes the silver I work with might have a beautiful, ornate pattern, and other times it may be very plain.That doesn’t matter! I can bend, shape, cut and rework it into something re-lovable.
Here are some special pieces I've completed over the last several years.