Many makers of jewelry wish to document their designs. Some do that with photographs, some do that with detailed notes. I do it with colored sketches accurately drawn in my Design Sketchbook. With pleasure, I invite you to learn more about the Design Sketchbook here.
Because the stones themselves are my inspiration, I prologue my sketchbook with the thoughts going on in my mind at the moment. I want to share what I think about rocks while designing beautiful jewelry from them.
in the mountains
that exposed their mineral quarry,
for seekers to find and yield to designers
the exquisite materials of jeweled adornment.
It was ages ago,
before there was anybody,
that earth worked its wonders.
In the full breadth of geologic time,
in increments too small to measure,
in lifetimes too long to live, common material transformed from ordinary matter into gemstone.
I present for your pleasure
the artistic sketches of jewelry designs
fashioned from these magnificent materials with silver or pearls
and vignettes of concepts in my consciousness as the designs emerged.
Sketches occupy but two dimensions–
simplified artful renditions of the real entities,
found in full glory in the galleries that represent my work.
With pen and pencil,
I cast my creations to paper
as another art form by which
to enhance regard for the majesty
of what first appear as ordinary elements
from the humble ground upon which we walk.