Monthly Archives: December 2012

Lake Erie in my backyard


One of my jewelry collections, Beachwalk, features many of the treasures that I collect on walks along the shores of Lake Erie. The jewelry pieces feature beach glass, pottery shards, driftwood, black smooth rocks and other random cast-offs.
Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, ‘spits up’ these goodies, particularly after a rain storm when the depths of the Lake are stirred up.

Lake Erie has a very rich past of shipping and shipwrecks. Hundreds of large shipping vessels lie on the bottom of the lake. Other historic events, such as Oliver Perry capturing an entire British fleet near Put-in-Bay, Ohio during the War of 1812, contribute to this accumulation. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
The turbulence, waves, and the riches on the bottom of the lake, interplay to yield the focal pieces seen in Beachwalk. So, we enjoy the lake, walk the beaches and dive while keeping an eye on the horizon.


A New Gallery


New Year, New Designs, New Gallery.

A new year. This is going to be a good year.  I can feel the energy the new year is bringing.  I plan to add a few new dimensions to my jewelry.  I have been developing my skills in both enameling and foldforming.  Expect more pieces with these techniques.  I can’t wait.

A new gallery.  You can now see and purchase a limited number of my jewelry pieces at 109 Artspace, a trend-setting gallery in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  They are located at 109 N. Main Street, Macedonia, Ohio.

Metalsmithing Poodle

This blog has morphed into an observation and reflection of life as an artist. I am a Denver based metalsmith who works in a call center by day, sells jewelry by night, and fills the rest of the waking hours practicing parkour. I am the founder of Purple Poodle Designs and I am the events coordinator for the Colorado Metalsmithing Association.


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