ARTIST IN TRANSITION
Hi, my name is Maggie and I am recovering from employment in the medical field! I worked for many years in the organ transplant world working with families in life and death situations, on 24-hour call for days on end. I loved my job, but it was exhausting. I retired 2 years ago and started working as an artist full time. I am a metalsmith and love being able to find a new peace and fulfillment in my studio. I call it torch therapy! Many of my creations are what I call “Meaningful Jewelry” I have a sign in my booth that states “Life is Short, Buy the Jewelry”. Life is short, find meaning in life…I hope that some of the jewelry I have created for you reminds you to embrace life!
Jewelry is such a saturated category, I have strived to find a different look to help me stand out. Concrete and silver is one of my newest obsessions. I experimented for a few months and several mishaps to discover a blend that would hold the wet concrete look. I added an expanding chemical to make it light weight and a bonding chemical to make it strong. I now create the sterling silver forms & pour the concrete to create one of a kind, new, unique pieces. I use silver, copper & semi-precious stones in many of my pieces.
Best of Missouri Hands – Juried Member
Springfield Regional Arts Council
FRESH Gallery Juried Member – Executive Board Member
Art Nouveau – President of the Board
Southwest Missouri Museum Associates
Southwest Missouri Art & Craft Guild- Art in the Park Committee