I often get asked, “How did you go from being the CFO of one of the country’s greatest culinary schools to making jewelry?” I answer them with three little words... “I had triplets!"
When I joined the culinary school as CFO in 2006 I had dreams of taking courses, receiving a certification as a pastry chef, and opening a bakery. I have loved baking since I was a little girl, and while at the school I took a number of courses. One of my favorites was all about fondant and pastry decorating - being able to make an ordinary cake or cookie into something stunning always intrigued me and the precise techniques spoke to my analytical side.
After the boys were born I would bake whenever I had free time. One day a friend asked me to take a class in making silver jewelry out of Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and the rest is history. To me, working with PMC is like working with fondant. I even use a lot of my fondant and pastry tools while making jewelry. The texture, and temperament, of both are very similar. Now, instead of consuming thousands of calories when inspired to do some handiwork, I create unique pieces of jewelry.
I live in a beautiful town on the New Jersey shore and many of the pieces I make are inspired by the beach and sea. I also draw a significant amount of inspiration from my other true passion, gardening, and obviously, most of all, from my children. Covering a potato chip of theirs in fine silver was one of my first projects.
My jewelry can be found in the AB3 Jewelry Designs shop on Etsy.com. Pieces can also be purchased at Ink., a specialty gift shop and papery on River Road in Fair Haven, NJ and ArtSea Gallery in Sea Bright, NJ.
I usually post new designs first on my Facebook page, so be sure to Like the page to see all of the news and new products as soon as possible. If you are interested in a piece you see on either my Facebook page or website that is not available in my Etsy shop please contact me.