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about heather

i took my first silversmithing class in new york city in 1994. since then i have studied and worked in new york, london, san francisco, and florence, italy. i now work out of my home studio in san diego, california.

i soon became fascinated with the different properties of various metals and their alchemical metamorphoses. this led me on a journey of self-education that culminated in an apprenticeship with angelo garro, who introduced me to the purity of the traditional blacksmith's craft.

to this day, the primordial transformations of iron and bronze by hammer and fire provide me with constant inspiration whether working in steel or sterling, platinum or gold, and my work is an open dialogue between the large scale forging techniques of the blacksmith and the traditional forming methods of the jeweller.


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