Turning a Passion into Wearable Art

I have always collected rocks, stones, crystals, shells - things Mother Nature has given to me from my visits to beaches and the wilderness. One day in 2006 my husband and I wandered into a Gem Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds, having gone to a home show there in another building. Bam! All those amazing stones, crystals and beads called out to me! And at that moment I realized I wanted to create jewelry from those gorgeous semiprecious stones, crystals, fossils etc.

I took my first jewelry class, and after selling a couple of pieces of jewelry at a small sale during the holidays, I built up my inventory and decided to try larger venues. I started selling at local school shows and craft fairs and realized I needed a website so I could give customers a way to view new pieces as I created them, as well as my entire line of jewelry. So I opened my ETSY shop in 2008, and my Pattern website in 2016.

I have juried into shows like the Talmadge Art Show, a trunk show at the Mingei Museum, and many other local shows. As a member of the San Diego Bead Society, I participate as both a teacher and vendor at the annual Bead Bazaar weekend-long event that is sponsored by the Bead Society the first weekend in August.

I also teach classes in jewelry making in people’s homes, and continue to do jewelry parties as well. My most popular classes have been the Wire Wrapped Beach Glass Class and Wire Crocheted Bracelet Class.

After collecting a particularly beautiful cache of ocean polished beach stones about 6 years ago, I sorted the stones according to size and color and started to make wire wrapped beach stone necklaces. These have become my signature pieces. This has become a perfect way to incorporate my beach stone collecting into my new passion for making jewelry. These pieces have sold on ETSY as well as at local shows.

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