Musings in Metal

I once was a painter. I would fill the edges and backgrounds of figurative works with plentiful plantlife. The stories that I tell myself burgeon forth with herbs, yarrow, violets and flowers aplenty. The poems and plays that I hold most dear describe the natural world, moon and vine, tree and crawling thing. The natural world abounds and spills from my heart. When I started doing metalwork I realized all those flowers and leaves could shine as pieces of jewelry, a celebration of nature’s most beautiful forms.

A trove of natural wonders in metal, brooches in hand painted copper
Sprays of maple leaves in copper
My boys and I at Pennsylvania Renaissance festival in 2023
Pinecones handbuilt out of brass and copper
Linked repousse snails in copper
Mated pairs of butterfly earrings in handpainted copper
Corn poppy earrings and a monarch pendant. Hand painted copper
A selection of cape closures, hand painted flower buttons, ginkgo and maple samara earrings.
Sterling mushroom bells

2024 Schedule of Shows

(This schedule is subject to change.)

February 16-18 Mythicon 2024 Gettysburg PA

March 17 Ostara Mountain Magic Market Winchester VA

March 23 Spring Fairy Ball Baltimore MD

March 30 Seta’s Mushroom’s First Annual Grand Feast Greencastle PA

April 12-14 Ocean Renaissance 2024 Ocean City MD

April 27 Earth Day Festival Shepherdstown WV

May 4-5 May Day Faerie Festival Essex MD

May 11-12 Virginia Renaissance Faire Spotsylvania VA

May 18-19 Bringing in the May Berkeley Springs WV

May 25-27 Philadelphia Renaissance Faire Philadelphia PA

June 1-2 Virginia Renaissance Faire Spotsylvania VA

June 8 Flutterby Fairy Festival Winchester VA

June 22 West Virjeni’s Summer Solstice Shepherdstown WV

June 29 Shepherdstown Streetfest

July 5-7 OTMST Summer Show Shepherdstown WV

July 20

August 17-18 Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival

August 24-25 Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival

September 14 VA Witch & Pagan Pride Fredericksburg VA

September 27-29

October 5-6 Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival

October 12-13 Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival

October 18-20 Ravenwood

Oct 25-27 Ravenwood

November 2-3 Delaware Renaissance Festival Townsend DE

November 9-10 Over the Mountain Studio Tour

November 16 Fairiefolk Festival & Fairy Scary Ball Baltimore MD

Liminal Space

It is December 29th 2023. We are in the last few days of the year when things feel dreamlike and a bit unclear. I found a few descriptions of this time before the new year as Liminal Space and realized how much I live in that space as an artist.





  1. occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
  2. relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.

As I plan for my year ahead, lining up which shows and festivals I will create pieces for, I visualize a body of work.

It is a moment of decision and trepidation. I build and design out of wisps of thought and idea. Cloudlike ephemeral designs, some far grander in scope than I’ve created before. I juggle shards of humor and deep mournful stories, pulling a thread, attempting to discard a ridiculous idea only to have it flutter up beating its wings insistently against my cheek. All of this occurs at the edges of my consciousness.

I’m still bidding the last year farewell, still tucking away the lessons I’ve learned and a new one is tap tapping at my front windows, whispering loudly enough that I can’t ignore it but indistinct enough that I can’t quite focus on what it is offering.

Over the Mountain Studio Tour

For the past 10 years I have had the pleasure of being a tour member on Over the Mountain Studio Tour. It is in it’s 34th year and is the oldest studio tour in WV.

As we head into our tour weekend I find myself thinking about why belonging to this varied and changing group of artists matters.

As artists we tend to spend much of our time in a solitary space. To be in the process of designing, fabricating, refining our work it is necessary to focus inward. And then we open our doors, or lay our wares in front of our audience. To belong to a group of artisans is for me a middle space. Being among other artists is a place where the vulnerability of making craft can be understood. To be among others who have a daily or weekly, a regular practice of creating artwork, who can offer encouragement, suggestion or gentle critique from a place of understanding is a powerful thing.

I have the job each year of promoting the tour’s artists on our Facebook page and writing press releases. It allows me a deep dive into each artist’s new works, to pull our community into thinking about art if just for a moment. It allows me to stop and appreciate the process and progress of a very diverse group’s works. And to marvel at each individual’s skill and elegance of design, their sense of humor their thoughtfulness and their ingenuity.

And it allows me to reflect that back into my work with a renewed sense of purpose.

I hope you will join us this year for our tour.

Rarely is my bench this tidy
Yarrow crown in sterling and copper

Myself and Tour Member and my host Anne Rule Thompson and her assistant

Dangerous Botanica

The stories of plants are endlessly compelling. Plants are survivors, innovators, collaborators. Plants are healers, killers, food, medicine, intoxicant and murderer. All the best of human stories center around the natural world. The allegories that explain our existence often utilize the elemental properties of plants. I have been working on a series of metal-smithed, hand-fabricated brooches and crowns, necklaces and earrings that focus on the most infamous and lovely of plants, fungi and flowers.

Jimson Brooches
Yew Brooches
Poppy Crown

2023 schedule of shows

This schedule will shift in the next few months as I plan my year. I look forward to an exciting schedule of markets and festivals in 2023

1/28/2023 World Oddities Expo Pittsburgh

2/17-19/2023 Mythicon Gettysburg

3/04/2023 World Oddities Expo Richmond

4/14-16/2023 Ocean Renaissance Ocean City MD

4/22-23/2023 Festival of Legends Apex NC

5/6-7/2023 May Day Faerie Festival Rocky Point, MD

5/20-21/2023…. Bringing in the May Berkeley Springs WV

6/17/2023 Under The Sea in WV Charles Town WV

7/08/2023 MythMusica Parkton MD

7/21-23/2023 Over the Mountain Studio Tour Summer Show

7/29/2023 Wedding Expo, Pendleton Hall, Charles Town WV

8/19-20/2023 PA Renaissance Festival

8/26-27/2023 PA Renaissance Festival

9/2-3/2023 PA Renaissance Festival

10/7/2023 457th Annual Fredericksburg Troll Market

10/21/2023 Monongahela Witch Fest

10/28/2023 The River House Artisans Market

11/11-12/2023 34th Annual Over the Mountain Studio Tour

11/24-26/2023 Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace, Entler Hotel

12/2-3/2023 Winterfest Art Market, Charles Town WV

12/9-10/2023 Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace, Entler Hotel

12/16-17/2023 Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace

2024 Shows So Far!

Mythicon: Feb 16-18 2024 Gettysburg PA

Ocean Renaissance 2024 April 12-14, 2024

Hand fabricated poppy crown, hand painted copper