I was born in England and moved to the US 14 years ago. The idea was that I'd just come for a year - but I kind of forgot to go home! We do try and visit family and friends back there twice a year however - so don't have chance to feel homesick! After living on the east coast for a while, then Sanibel in Florida, we are now happy in Northern California - the wine country. We have a small vineyard and grow merlot grapes which we mainly sell but keep a ton each year for our own wine. It is a beautiful place to live and as this is where we feel home is, in 2010 we became US citizens!
After spending many years working as a scientist, since moving to CA, I am now loving life in the creative world making jewelry. As a lover of games and surprises, my work has a whimsical nature to it. Each piece begins with a positive emotion or mood and then adds a touch of character to create jewelry that does more than adorn, but lifts your spirits too.
Through the use of metal clay I create three dimensional pieces that invite the observer to look closer and understand the message in the piece and see how it relates to their own experiences.
My miniature sculptures layer a simplicity of design with an appreciation of human spirit and nature.
I also work in color anodized aluminum or colour anodised aluminium!!! It's love to find a way to bring color into my work and I enjoy combining it with my little silver sculpture.
This blog tells you the stories behind my silver and aluminum creations - namely: why the design came to me; what inspired me; what story is connected to the piece; how the piece starts a new story etc. The stories add so much more to the piece and continue to develop as the piece goes to it's new owner.
I also tell you a little about my life in the wine country of Sonoma County, California and my husband writes once a month about what is happening in our vineyard that month.
I hope you'll come back regularly. I look forward to your comments.
Birdland Creations shop and gallery
Hand crafted silver jewelry - anthropomorphic and full of stories! Just click on "jump for joy"