Why I decided to pursue a creative path?

I’ve been making jewelry ever since I can remember. At age 10, I started my first jewelry business selling beaded necklaces alongside my lemonade stand on a small island off the coast of Massachusetts with the women in my family.

The creative women in my family!Selling jewelry on Cuttyhunk Island when I was a kid

Through high school, I attended “metalsmithing club” every Wednesday afternoon and quickly developed a love for the craft while also working as an assistant bench jeweler in Portland, Maine. Around this time, a mentor planted the seed that learning these skills could change my life. She was right.

Photos: My first 3 metalsmithing creations

I love the process of transforming a simple sheet of metal into something new and beautiful. I find my flow working long days at the bench where my material provides direct feedback as I saw, file, and solder. I strive to make jewelry that is so comfortable you’ll never want to take it off.

Working at the bench

Fast forward to today — after earning a BA in studio art, working for years as a teacher, and casually building up my ring inventory on Etsy — I’ve decided to take a leap and turn my lifelong side-gig and passion into my full-time job. I aspire to not only make jewelry for others, but to teach and share in the craft of metalsmithing with my community.



In short, I couldn’t help pursuing this career path. I’ve always been drawn to the arts, and I am eager to share my passion for jewelry making and design with everyone!

Selling Jewelry at the Farmers Market in Flagstaff, AZ 

I’m so grateful for the people in my life who’ve helped me get where I am today. I have so many folks to thank, from my mentors, teachers, family, and friends. Here are a few who deserve a special shoutout:

Sarah Collins: Sarah taught a metalsmithing class after school once a week at my high school, and I was hooked! I don’t think I have ever fallen in love with something so quickly as I did with metalsmithing. I would dream up jewelry designs all week and couldn’t wait for Wednesdays when I’d get to work with metal and learn new techniques. I think Sarah sensed my eagerness to learn and asked me to be her apprentice. I am forever grateful for her mentorship and for teaching me metalsmithing.

Folia Jewelry: After learning some metalsmithing basics with Sarah, I started working at Folia Jewelry in Portland, Maine while in high school. There, I was surrounded by supportive women who continued to help me improve my metalsmithing skills. I especially want to thank Edie, the owner, who believed in me and pushed me to make pieces that advanced my skills. Sometimes, she had me work in gold, and I would say, “Are you sure you want me to make this? I’ve never done that before.” With the help of the women at Folia, I learned so much about jewelry making and business as well.

Lastly, I have to thank my parents: Growing up, I can’t remember a time when there wasn’t an art project set up at my house. From beaded jewelry to water color painting and flower pressing, my mom deserves a great deal of credit for keeping me busy with at-home art projects and fueling my artistic endeavors. My dad encouraged me to start investing in metalsmithing tools when I was in high school, and I think this early investment is what’s made my business possible today.