I started creating jewelry in college, at The Maryland Institute of Art, where I majored in Crafts, Jewelry/Metal being my main focus. My jewelry design won scholarships and awards through out college. I graduated in 1985. After college my husband, Jeff Hall, and I moved to Loudon County, Virginia, and started renovating what is now Silverwood Farm and Studio. Silverwood combines Jeff Hall’s sculpture studio, my jewelry and graphics business, and a pinto sporthorse breeding farm. I took a hiatus from jewelry making to concentrate on my horse business, computer graphics, my daughter and renovating our home and farm. In the last 10 years I had an incredible yearning to get back to my roots of crafts and making jewelry. I have done it slowly but surely, and am reveling in creating wearable art again.
My work combines precious metals, stones, plastics, glass or whatever shiny object catches my eye. My designs are contemporary, combining both organic and geometric forms, usually with unusual and colorful stones, glass or found materials. I consider each one of my pieces a little piece of fine art. I like making pieces that are different and unique but still very wearable. The majority of my pieces are pendants, necklaces, and earrings, though I do occasionally make other items. My main focus in the past was fabricating metals to create my designs. In 2004 I discovered a new medium called Metal Clay, which is comprised of either pure silver or 22K gold. This material has inspired many new works. I enjoy exploring this new medium and combining it with my other techniques and materials. In 2006 I received my PMC® (Precious Metal Clay®) Certification. I strive always to improve on my designs and skills and to make jewelry that is creative, unusual, elegant and fun to wear.
Awards & publications:
2009 Work chosen for the PMC Guild Annual
2008 top 5 finalist in the “Saul Bell Jewelry International Design Contest” Metal Clay category