Get to Know
You might think by looking at my studio that maybe I have a split personality or something. Because I do fused glass and metal clay and pearls and other semi-precious stones it seemed to make the most sense to group them by the type of jewelry (ie glass, metal clay, etc.) rather than earrings, bracelet, necklaces. This way if you are browsing you can look through similar types of pieces. If you are looking for something specific, you can always type it in the search box: "pearl bracelet" for example.
As a child I was exposed to lots of crafty things. My mother sewed. I learned Indian seed beading, made potholders, did leather work at camp, etc.
My journey in jewelry-making began in Shanghai, China. While living there I learned about pearls; first buying pearl jewelry while shopping with the other tai tais (wives), then designing my own personal jewelry and having it made by the shops there, and buying a variety of pearls. With my family I also traveled extensively in China in addition to other parts of Asia. After returning to the U.S., I began taking jewelry classes in order to use the large supply of pearls I had accumulated. My shop is named "Shanghai Tai" because one tai character means "too", as in "too much", "too expensive", like "extreme". Two of the same character together though, is tai tai, which means "wife" or "Mrs." To me, Shanghai Tai represents the (slightly excessive) lifestyle that western expat women live in Asia. My designs often have an Asian influence as a result of my many travels and exposure to Eastern cultures.
Though my degree is in accounting, I have taken many classes and workshops to improve my jewelry-making skills, including classes from Chris Darway, Mark Nelson and Holly Gage, among others. In 2009 I became certified in precious metal clay. As you can see, I also like to work with fused glass. So far I have only exhibited my work locally, but did win 1st place in 3D at the 2010 Lakeland Art Association Juried Show, and 1st place in Professional Crafts at the 2010 and 2011 Kosciusko County Fair. My work can be seen at the Lakeland Art Gallery in Pierceton, IN.
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Cerulean Wave - dichroic glass and fine silver. 1st Place, Professional Crafts & Champion, professional category, 2011 Kosciuscko County Fair.
Sichuan Sunrise (not for sale) A one-of-a-kind fine silver/dichroic pendant from my personal collection.
Windswept - fused glass with sterling silver wire-wrap. This took 1st Place in 3D at the 2010 Lakeland Art Association Juried Show.
Tidal Moon - fine silver and dichroic glass. 1st place professional crafts at 2010 Kosciusko County Fair.