It’s Still Summer!

bronze, gemstone, gold fill, mermaid, ocean, On The Bench, Tell Me A Story, turtle, water

Clay mermaids from Peru, Aventurine cabachon gemstone, sterling silver bezel, gold fill findings


It’s still summertime, on the bench… and off.

A turtle mermaid birthday cake from Drakes in Bodega Bay reminds us of an important message.

Go to the beach.
Dance on the shore.
Make beautiful artwork.
Love, live, laugh… out loud.
Life is short. Eat the cake.

Jeff’s Mom’s Chocolate Cake



Miniature Mermaids

gemstone, gold fill, mermaid, moonstone, ocean, On The Bench, sterling silver, water

Bumped into these teeny tiny mermaid beads in San Anselmo the other day
and had to have them! Creating these earrings with sterling, gold, and moonstones.

Sketching designs.

Finished earrings with gold fill sun and wave.

Moonstone mermaids.




Enchanted By The Sea

bronze, honu, ocean, On The Bench, sterling silver, turtle, Under The Sea, water

Continuing my work with bronze and sterling silver, the Honu
medallion is on the bench today. I am forever enchanted by the sea.
The ocean cleanses my soul, eases my mind, and sparks my creativity.


Finished necklace





Endless Possibilities

collage, On The Bench, water, watercolor

Sometimes inspiration arrives to the bench in forms other than making jewelry. This weekend I created the cover art for a Pamphlet of Possibility. My chosen theme is “water” since water is life, is sometimes scarce or compromised, one of my purest inspirations, and a common theme for my jewelry.

Pamphlets of Possibility is a one year project in which the “starter” (that’s me!) of each pamphlet  sets a theme, creates one page, and then sends the pamphlet off to another person. Each following recipient adds another page with a drawing, a collage, a poem, some prose, a favorite saying or anything that inspires them and relates to the theme of the pamphlet. Upon completion the pamphlet is then sent to another person. #repeat. When the entire pamphlet is completed it is then sent back to Studio 64 Marin.

There will be a final showing of all the pamphlets January 2018 in an exhibit at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, CA. I can’t wait to see all of the completed pamphlets and the corners of the world where they have traveled to!