Found at: Windsor Art Center Studios
We went to Paris for just five days and we booked it spur of the moment. I don't usually do things like that. I've always wanted to go to Paris. I always wanted to see the Mona Lisa. I know that's very trite and everyone does, but I cried when I saw the Mona Lisa. I touched the Eiffel Tower. We went to Pere Lachaise Cemetery and saw Jim Morrison's grave. We went to Normandy and to Monet's garden. That was probably the biggest adventure. That and hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I blew my knees out on the way down, and I had to get myself out of there.
How did you get started in making jewelery?
Since I was 22 I was a graphic designer. Technically, I was a package designer. I freelanced and my best client was HASBRO games, so I designed packaging for toys until the economy tanked and I lost my work. At the same time, I was sort of done with it anyway. I had gotten started with this as a hobby and just fell in love with it. The first thing that happened was my mother died, and I was shattered from that. My next door neighbor took me out to a metal clay workshop as a therapy night. I've been taking classes at Metal Works in Boston.
Advice you'd give yourself 10 years ago?
I wish I had known about jewelery sooner so I could've started it along with my other work and had it part time.