After earning a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nevada in 1970, I was a productive ceramics artist for 10 years. During this time I studied at the De Young Museum, Washington State University and at the University of Puget Sound. This was the beginning of my fascination with surface design. I was able to maintain some connection to the realm of surface design while working for 15 years as a graphic designer. This was in Port Townsend where I settled in 1976.
Feeling the need for a change I enrolled in the Seattle Art Institute in 1995 to explore new avenues in art. While studying metals I was particularly drawn to the etching process as a combination of surface design and texture. Since then I have been devoted to working with metals and particularly the etching process.
I offer "Hand Etched Adornments for People and their Homes." My designs are primarily inspired by nature but I also enjoy the influence of suits of armor and classic design with juvenile flare. Designs I am currently exploring include creative notions of plant life on other planets.
Etching is a simple process. It's like applying crayon to an Easter egg then dyeing it. To create the relief a resist is applied by hand to copper, brass, nickel silver or sterling silver. This year I have been perfecting the use of salt water and a battery charger rather than the traditional use of caustic acids. Sterling is now the only metal I use that must be chemically etched.
To salt water etch the piece to be etched must be attached to an anode for a positive charge. I create a cathode out of the same metal to take the negative charge. After charging the salt water metal is subtracted from the positive side. Etching can take from 25 minutes to 2 hours. After etching all pieces are fabricated.
It's a long process but one which leaves the viewer with a sense of wonder.