"I didn't have a conventional education in jewelry design. But I did have the good fortune to be hired by Kar-Kraft, a Ford Motor Company funded firm that designed and built Ford's most famous racing cars of the '60s and '70's. At Kar-Kraft I absorbed invaluable examples of metalworking technique, but more importantly, I learned about turning concept into reality, pride of workmanship, and how passionate people can elevate their work into art.
My first years in jewelry were spent designing and building one-of-a-kind pieces for individuals, but my personal interest was in Japanese art metalwork, especially the art of the sword. 35 years ago, ancient Japanese sword making techniques were unknown in the United States. It was then that I began to develop my own techniques to produce my signature patterned metalwork."