A transplanted Midwesterner, it is Deb’s good fortune to live and work in the mountains of North Carolina, surrounded by natural beauty and a vibrant craft community. While she spends most of her time as a studio jeweler, selling her work through galleries and at craft shows, Deb also loves teaching workshops. When not in the studio, she’s usually working on the house or spending time with friends. She loves to travel and often tours to see interesting architecture.
Deb’s work is fueled by a fascination with detail, pattern, and surface; lichen on trees, flaking paint on rusty old metal, texture and pattern in vintage fabrics, and architectural details just to name a few. Her creative process is time consuming, but drawing on metal provides a unique surface that can’t be achieved any other way. Colored pencil drawing allows her to blend colors and create patterns that are uniquely hers.
She creates jewelry because of her appreciation of the intimate art form that is worn on the body and carries emotional weight. Jewelry combines so many components that Deb loves: Fashion, ornament, art, texture, color, and structure. She is currently developing a new line of work that is all about structure and texture but less about color, and is excited to see where this body of work will take her while she continues working in color as well. Deb is especially interested in teaching this style of fabrication and in helping students improve their skills. Drawings aren’t just for the wall anymore!
Deb holds a Master of Arts degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Northern Illinois University. Her work is sold in galleries and in high-end craft shows throughout the USA.