Originally from Michigan, I moved to Texas in 2007 and live in Fort Worth. The name Lucky Dog Jewelry was inspired by my desire to help homeless dogs and I donate a portion of my profits to organizations helping pets in need. You can follow my facebook page for updates on the charitable organizations I donate to.
Art has always been one of my passions and during college I enjoyed photography, art theory, ceramics, and watercolor classes. I didn't start making jewelry until one day in 2004 when I went to the library and checked out a few books on jewelry making. Yes, the library, this was before the days of YouTube.
My favorite jewelry is small and lightweight. I love texture and detail and have heard my designs described as dainty-industrial, lyrical, and having a feeling of movement. I work with precious metal clay and hand make each piece individually, some of my designs are one of a kind, and I mark the back of my pieces with my LDJ makers mark.
Working mainly with silver metal clay, my pieces are kiln fired reaching temperatures up to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit. I incorporate a variety of other materials into my designs including wire, metal sheet, and enamel. I also like mixed metal pieces and will combine silver with gold, copper, and brass.
The cute pooches pictured below are our dogs, Buddy and Shirley, and sadly both have crossed the rainbow bridge. Since their passing my husband and I have been caring for foster dogs and find it very rewarding to help save the lives of shelter pets.