Hubbard Lake Silversmiths at www.hubbardlakesilversmiths.com
5990 Pine St.
Hubbard Lake, MI 49747
In 2007, while working as a Denver homicide reporter, I interviewed a jeweler who made a diamond necklace for a gang member. A friendly Iranian, the man proved to be so inspiring that when the newspaper folded, I decided I wanted to work with beautiful things. I was able to afford a couple of classes and then practiced six to eight hours a day in my apartment, going through three pounds of my late mother-in-law’s sterling silver flatware to develop skills. By 2010, I was writing step-by-step articles for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, and selling my work locally. In Michigan, I have enjoyed strong sales through the UMHS Gifts of Art program at the University of Michigan, Three Pines Studio and Gallery in Cross Village, Main Branch Gallery in Grayling and the Ann Arbor Art Fair with the Michigan Silversmiths Guild. Each piece is made by hand from sterling silver sheet, wire, shot, castings and chain, limiting my output to around 125 works a year.
University of Minnesota, Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 1975
University of Colorado-Boulder, Master’s in Journalism, Boulder 1979
Art Students League of New York – life drawing, stone carving 1992
Clear Creek Academy, Denver with Joe Korth, Darlene Armstrong and others – silversmithing 2008
Hyland Hills Recreation Center, Federal Heights, Colorado – silversmithing 2009
Tom Herman, Denver School of Metal Arts – metal carving 2010
Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI – Etching on silver
Kate Wolf Figurative Wax Carving, June 2017 through a grant from MCACA
Past and Current Galleries and Shops
Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Art in the Loft, Alpena, MI 2014
Domaci, Rogers City, MI May 2015
Dragonfly Gallery, Harrisville, MI August 2014
Three Pines Studio and Gallery, Cross Village, MI
Main Branch Gallery, Grayling, MI
Detroit Artists Market
Ann Arbor Art Fair with Michigan Silversmiths Guild 2013, 2014 & 2017
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Bloomfield Hills, MI 2015 holiday show and 2016 regional show
Gifts of Art Exhibition December 2014-February 2015, and September-December 2016 University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
Muskegon Museum of Art 88th Regional Show, museum purchase
WSG gallery holiday show 2016, Ann Arbor, MI
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010, weekly Jewelry Making Daily Blog since January 2017.
G Desert Gems, Lakewood, CO; Hyland Hills Rec Center, CO as teaching assistant. Pearl carving at Ann Arbor Art Center; Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI; Washington Heights Art Center, Lakewood, CO; Metalwerx, near Boston; Wm. Holland, Georgia, Florida Society of Goldsmiths SE, Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee.