From The Ground Up

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Jewelry

 
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Metalsmithing

At 18, I began taking metalsmithing classes at NMSU, with the desire to learn to set the stones that I had cut. I took a metalsmithing class every semester until I had taken them all, and after that I took independent study. I was able to help teach some classes and explore designs and techniques that I was interested in.

I really fell in love with a technique called lost wax casting. It is generally used in large-scale jewelry production but also provides a way to transform organic materials into precious metals.

 
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Prickly Muse

Growing up in the Sonoran desert, I was always fascinated by the unique plant and animal life. After having learned to cast I started to look at the plant life surrounding me in a whole new way.

The first plant material that I focused on working with was the decayed structure of the prickly pear cacti (opuntia spp.). I found a few pieces on a hike and immediately started to experiment with the material.

 
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Casting Calls

Moving forward, I began growing plants and succulents that had interesting forms and textures. To this day, I continue to take different plant materials and make one-of-a-kind pieces out of silver and bronze, often embellished with precious and semi-precious gemstones.

 
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Succulents and Such

Moving forward, I began growing plants and succulents that had interesting forms and textures. To this day, I continue to take different plant materials and make one-of-a-kind pieces out of silver and bronze, often embellished with precious and semi-precious gemstones.