Growing up in a home with both artistic and creative parents, it was a
given that it was in my DNA to become an artist. I remember being a small child and painting on my walls these elaborate paintings (which of course my parents let me do). As I got older, I dabbled in
everything from ceramics, batiking and silk dying, to watercolor, sewing
and photography, but it was jewelry design where I found a good niche, although photography is a close second.
My love for jewelry design started in 1997 when my father, a glass blower and business owner, gave me a
book on jewelry making. I started crafting little treasures for my
friends and family, and slowly things started to sell. It was then that I knew I
was onto something and I ran my jewelry to every little boutique that
would talk to me to see if they would place my work and sure enough, THEY DID!
A few years later, now married, a little older and very driven to turn my jewelry making addiction from a hobby into a fully functioning business, I decided to take a chance and created South Paw Studios™. Thanks to an exceptionally encouraging husband and loving family I was able to quit my day job in June of 2001 and focus my attention 100% to playing with beautiful beads and creating jewelry ALL DAY LONG!
It was a dream come true - and still is. Now I have been in the jewelry business almost 14 years and counting. I am mainly self taught but did study basic metalsmithing through the Toledo Museum of Art. I am the sole artist behind South Paw Studios. All jewelry is handcrafted by me, in my home studio based in Toledo, Ohio. My business has grown to be represented in fine galleries and boutiques. My handmade jewelry line has evolved to include custom bridal jewelry, one of a kind creations and more. I am continuously evolving and try to stay up to date on the latest trends, newest color palette combinations, and finest materials available in the industry.