In his 1943 book, Liberal Education, Mark Van Doren wrote, “The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Whether these discoveries are large or small, any of them can be a spark–for an occasional hobby, for a lifelong passion, for an emotional outlet, for a glimmer of self-confidence. I hope that my residency projects can be sparks for the students in our communties.
As a metalsmith, I fuse art with science, ancient techniques with modern creativity, engineering with inspiration.
Vitreous enameling, my favorite technique, allows me to combine the strength of copper with the vibrant color of glass, taking my ideas and transforming them from humble materials into heirloom jewelry, mosaics, or mobiles.
My residencies are a tangible way for students to see science in action, to express themselves through experimentation and creation, and to connect with centuries of ancient craftsmen as well as modern day artists.