2019 International Metal Jewelry Artistry Award Winner

Praying Mantis Captures Moth

Praying Mantis Captures Moth

The Grand Prize winner at IMJAA, on exhibit at 2019 Bead and Button Show, and published in the October 2019 Bead and Button magazine. The piece was inspired by the Australian variscite cabochon, made by my father. The moth is 24K gold cloisonne on fine silver, the mantis is fabricated using argentium silver with 18K gold details. Photo by Cole Rodger.

2019 Halstead Design Challenge

Praying Mantis Captures Moth

The Killdeer Mother

This necklace illustrates the cycle of parenting, starting with the killdeer egg clasp (enamel on copper), to the grown killdeer flying the nest. On exhibit at Adorned Spaces during the May 2019 SNAG conference in Chicago, the piece sold during exhibit.

2018 Saul Bell Design Award Finalist

North American Owls

North American Owls

The owl faces are cloisonne on fine silver, in a sterling silver setting with 18K gold details. On the back of each piece, is an etching of the environment in which each owl lives, and a typical prey animal. The owls included are the long-eared, eastern screech, great grey, northern saw-whet, barn owl. Photo by Cole Rodger.

2018 Halstead Design Challenge

WinnerKoi Fish BackPolyphemus

My brooch "Koi Fish" was the First Place Winner in the Halstead Design Challenge 2018. It was part of the juried "Adorned Spaces" exhibition at SNAG Portland May 24-25, 2018. The piece sold during exhibition.

Warblers of North America

Cerulean WarblerBlackburnian Warbler

Cerulean Warbler (2018) - Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, sterling silver setting, rhodochrosite stalactite slices. Brooch/necklace combination (photo by Cole Rodger)

Blackburnian Warbler(2018) - Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, mexican fire opal, wood, sterling silver setting with 22K and 24K gold. Brooch/necklace combination (photo by Cole Rodger)

yellow-throated warblerNuthatch

Yellow-throated Warbler (2018) - Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, Utah zebra stone, wood, sterling silver setting. Brooch/necklace combination (photo by Cole Rodger)

Nuthatch (2017) - Juried into the SNAG JAMS 2018 print exhibition: Cloisonné enamel, wood, tabasco geode "acorns" in a sterling silver setting (photo by Cole Rodger)

Cerulean WarblerNuthatch

Black and White Warbler (2017) - Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, wood, sterling silver setting. The stone is "chinese writing stone" aka "porphyry". Brooch/necklace combination

Bohemian Waxwing (2018) - Although not a warbler, this piece was made in a similar style to the warbler collection. Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, sterling silver setting, Guadalupe poppy jasper. Brooch/necklace combination (photo by Cole Rodger)

Enamel Decals

Sparrow NestWarbler Brooches

Spruce Grouse (2018) - Enamel decal on copper, etching, faceted citrine. Based on a photograph by Wilma McKenzie.

Warbler Brooches (2017) - Enamel decals from original pen and ink drawings. Enamel on copper, copper setting.

Sparrow Nest

Sparrow Nest (2017) - Enamel decals on copper, etching, 24K gold details.

 

Halstead Design Challenge 2017

Schinia villosa necklace

My piece "Laguna Beach Tidepool" was a Runner Up in the Halstead Design Challenge 2017. It was part of the juried show at RHINO Gallery in New Orleans from May 25 - June 21, 2017. The piece sold during exhibition. Photo by Cole Rodger.

Cloisonné Enamel

Barn Owl RingSaw-whet Necklace

Barn Owl Ring (2017) - Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, sterling silver and 22K gold setting. The inside is engraved with a rabbit, one of the barn owl's prey animals.

Saw-whet Necklace (2017) - Cloisonné enamel on fine silver, sterling silver setting.

Song SparrowSong Sparrows with coral

Great Horned Owl (2017) - Cloisonné enamel body with a matching pair of petrified oak cabochons for the wings.

Double Barn Owls (2017) - Cloisonné enamel, fossil mammoth tooth, pietersite; beads are labradorite and agate.

Song SparrowSong Sparrows with coral

Song Sparrow Necklaces (2016) - One paired with Sky Cloud turquoise, the other sparrow pair is combined with Alaskan coral and citrines.

Song SparrowSong Sparrows with coral

Barn Owl and Snowy Owl (2016) - Cloisonné enamel faces, one paired with fossil Mammoth tooth, the other with Turkish dendritic opal.

Snowshoe HareSnowshoe Hare

Great Grey Owl & Snowshoe Hare (2016) - both paired with dendritic agate (aka "snow scene agate"). Great Grey Owl accented with grey cultured pearl. Snowshoe Hare accent stones are sodalite and smoky quartz. Setting and chain are argentium silver.
Size is 2" x 2"

BeadDreams 2016
First Place in Metalwork

Cherry BlossomsBead&Button Oct 2016

On exhibit at the Bead&Button Show June 9 - June 12, 2016; In the print edition of Bead & Button Magazine, October 2016 edition.

Cherry Blossoms - cloisonné enamel on fine silver in double-sided argentium silver bead settings, grey cultured pearls, tourmaline bead accents.
Photo by Cole Rodger
Size is 30" length

Second Place in Handmade Beads & Buttons

Cherry Blossoms

Flora and Fauna in Copper and Leather - These loose beads are constructed of pierced and domed sterling (some etched or textured) over colored leather and hairy cow hide, in a copper bead setting. Appearing in the print edition of Bead & Button Magazine, October 2016 edition.



Moths of North America

Agapema dyariRegal MothPolyphemusImperial MothImperial Moth BroochRoyal Walnut Moth BroochPolyphemus Moth BroochGreen LeuconyctaPolyphemus Moth BroochGreen Leuconycta

Moths of North American - From the top left, Agapema dyari - real moth photo by Kirby Wolfe; Royal Walnut (Citheronia regalis) - real moth photo by Caitlin LaBar; Polyphemus (Antheraea polyphemus) - real moth photo by Dave Huth; Imperial (Eacles imperialis) - real moth photo by Michael Hodge; Garden Tiger Moth (Arctia caja); Goldenrod Flower (Schinia nundina); Green Leuconycta (Leuconycta diphteroides) - real moth photo by Ken Childs; Giant Leopard (Hypercompe scribonia) - real moth photo by Basal Ylem; Xanthopastis regnatrix - real moth photo by Carol Wolf; Harris Three Spot (Harrisimemna trisignata)

Older Work

Porch Light - front viewPorch Light - rear view

Porch Light (2016) - cloisonné enamel on silver, copper etching, brass frame. This porch was inspired by the porch of Blaney Lodge at Touchstone Center for Crafts in Pennsylvania.

Mourning Dove - front viewMourning Dove - rear viewMission Blue Butterfly - front viewMission Blue Butterfly - rear view

Mourning Dove, Mission Blue Butterfly - These brooches are constructed of Ninomiya enamels on fine silver. The backs are etched sterling. The preening mourning dove includes a real feather (naturally molted into my garden fountain). The Mission blue butterfly is lined in white rabbit fur to mimic the fuzzy "hairs" on the real insect. The butterfly received Honorable Mention in the 2014 MASSC "Metal Extinction" Exhibition.

Wildlife Brooches

Island Spotted Skunk

Stonework: Island Spotted Skunk (2016) - Utah zebra stone, rabbit fur, white sapphire, set in argentium silver. This skunk is indigenous to the Channel Islands, California.
Size is 3" x 3"

Burrowing Owl BroochBurrowing Owl back view

Foldforming: Burrowing Owl - Matte enamel on foldformed copper. The body is carved tagua nut, the wings are lined with rabbit fur. This piece was inspired by an encounter with a burrowing owl on the nature trail near my home. It is also my first time carving anything!
Size is 3" x 2"

 

Jill Tower Jewelry 2018