I have always been drawn to industrial materials, being attracted to the act of transformation as much as — if not more than — the act of creation. As such, the majority of my work uses materials commonly found in any hardware store, with stainless steel washers being a pervasive element. Stainless steel has always held a certain appeal for both its durability, as well as the innate difficulty in working it. It is a hard, unyielding material that requires patience, persistence and a top quality set of drill bits. Working within the limitations of both form and material presents a constant challenge, and forces me to be inventive and resourceful in ways I might not otherwise think to be. As the work progressed, I began searching for ways the washers could be bent, cut, and otherwise manipulated to alter their appearance and purpose. Using 18k gold for both decorative and functional purposes, I have experimented with various forms of cold-connection, often incorporating ruby, sapphire and ceramic ball bearings as a way of translating stone-setting through the filter of my work.
Now, I find my work has evolved past the strict adherence to industrial materials, and has become more about the forms and techniques to which those materials have introduced me. My newest body of 18k production work takes the simple tension setting produced by a split lock washer, twisted open enough to securely hold a ball bearing, and reproduces it in a more luxurious material, playing around with the infinite possibilities of that shape while maintaining the precision and ingenuity that I have always strived for in my work. The line that I refer to as ‘A Slight Twist’ continues to incorporate industrial materials in the form of jewel and ceramic ball bearings, with the continuing goal of elevating the industrial to something fine, precious and beautiful.