Silversmithing is a passion that found me after a trip to Ireland inspired my exploration of metal and fiber arts. Once I took the torch in my hand and began to learn the language of metalwork, I soon found that sparking the torch did more than ignite my inner creativity; it illuminated my soul.
I create handmade jewelry for hours in a timeless zone, guided by chemistry and inspired by intuition. Each unique jewelry piece begins with earth elements of metal, fire, air and water and develops into expressions of wearable art. I see myself as a translator between element and human and find myself acting as a soul alchemist for those who wish to invite a power amulet or talisman into their world.
The diversity of life has taught me to welcome learning opportunities and I’ve been greatly rewarded with new ideas and wonderful associations because of that. I love to experiment with different mediums, stones, textures, and processes like etching, folding, enameling and patina to create unique jewelry designs.
My life as an artist is greatly enriched when I’m able to share my knowledge through teaching jewelry making classes. I’ve watched students discover a new way of connecting with themselves through metalwork as they create their own rings and pendants in my workshops.
Learning the languages of alchemy has created a fluid dialog between my art and myself and offers those who learn with me and wear my creations a connection to themselves and the earth in a unique and personal way.
Both my handmade pieces and the jewelry made in my classes are perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts for someone special in your life. Share the passion that led to their creation with those you most love.
Asia is an awarded and accredited jewelry maker, and has been making handmade jewelry for years.
Serendipity and I have become good friends and I see it’s magic almost everywhere. It is through this perspective I choose to work with the metals and stones on my bench. There is a very real synergy that happens when a piece begins. The partnership between you, me and the elements finds form through the process that emerges as your piece of jewelry. When I create a design, it is more than just what comes from my mind, it is a process that forms itself in front of me through the spirit of metal and stones connecting to you, coming through me. It is a true form of alchemy that is a reflection of the mystery of life and I have a deep respect for that.
“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
― Walt Whitman