I do low relief sculpting on ostrich, emu and rhea eggshells along with nature and geometric shapes carved into goose and chicken eggshells. Emu eggshell sculpting, in particular, thrills me. The dark green, almost black outer layer, the turquoise middle layer and white inner layer provide a color palette not available with other shells. I work at using the colored layers to their best advantage in my designs. The emu egg shell is only 0.04” (1 mm) thick so the entire design has to be sculpted within this thickness along with the restrictions of the thickness of each of the colored layers. This is what makes sculpting emu eggshells challenging and so much fun. Purchase my eggshell sculptures at SEMVA.
My wood sculpting includes leaves carved in the round for pendants and scenes from nature sculpted in low relief. These small sculptures allow me to explore a material I am very familiar with, in a different way. Working with wood has been a part of life from the time my dad first allowed me in his shop. I started building veneered jewelry boxes, with an inlaid initial, in Junior High. Over time my projects got bigger as I started building clocks and furniture. Now my projects are on a miniature scale. Purchase my sculptures at SEMVA.
My collectible Christmas ornaments come from a tradition I started over 25 years ago, of presenting a handcrafted wood Christmas ornament to family and friends. An original design is created each year, individually cut from thin hardwood, sanded, finished with danish oil, signed and dated. The jeweled Christmas trees are a special addition to my collection of ornaments. Faceted amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, garnet and peridot are used as ornaments on the tree and are set in the wood. The tree is topped with two .03 carat diamonds set in 14K gold. The Christmas tree is hung using a 14K gold chain attached to the top. My collectible Christmas ornaments may be purchased at SEMVA.