I think one of the best things in the world to see is a sunset on the Hawaiian Islands. The sand, the palm trees, the mountain range in the distance, and the ocean in the foreground, reflecting the colors of the setting sun. Now imagine a surfer comes in from the surf, prop his board against a tree and just drink in the wondrous sight of that sunset. This was my inspiration for creating this enamel jewelry. Keeping my vision tight in my mind’s eye, I begin to sketch on my canvas. The sketch goes to watercolors, where I recreate the colors that I saw on that beach. I can still image the smell of the beautiful surf. Ahhhh.
When I enter my studio with this in mind to make this cloisonné jewelry I begin with sketches. The line drawing will be used for 24k gold wire to be bent along them creating cells. These cells are what holds the fine grains of enamel. Once the wires are laid on the base of enamel flux they are fired in the kiln to secure them. Now the cloisonné jewel is ready for color! My favorite part!
With the colored enamel only several grains high at a time, laid into each cell, takes time and patience. I applied many layers of enamel for this piece, creating the sunset sky, beach, surf, palm leaves, and surfboards. This unique jewelry design is found nowhere else. Being able to create enamel jewelry that is one of a kind is my passion.
My other passion is our environment. And feel my creations help individuals express their love of our environment also.
Necklaces / Pendants, Tropics