I am mostly half mad-scientist (in the studio) and half absent-minded professor (in the real world), mom to 3 clever sons, and wife to one smart husband. Since earning my BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, I have worked in paper arts, ceramics, photography, and as a printmaker, writer, and jewelry designer.
My work reflects things that intrigue and thrill me: shimmering, antique, utilitarian, organic, embellished, magickal and more! I swoon over gemstones and crystals, fossils and pottery fragments, charms and beads, soldered glass slides. Bringing them together to turn everyday objects into personal treasures -- whether it is necklaces, pins,home decor, or magickal tools --each is a pleasure to create and to share. As I make each one, I wonder...who does this belong to? When the customer and item find each other, that's the real joy!
Folks who have known me for some time have seen my ever-changing projects and products over the years; the pieces I design and craft constantly evolve with each new skill, material, or style I explore.
When I decided to create my necklaces and other jewelry pieces using soft solder, or Tiffany technique, I really fell in love with the possibilities. All the stones and crystals I love can be involved, all the charms and tokens come into play, my ceramics can also get in the game, and my customers can own a one-of-a-kind jewelry item without breaking the bank. The metal used in soldered jewelry is primarily tin, with elements of zinc, copper and silver; there is no nickel or aluminum.
In the FAQ section, you can read more about the process, and find links to further info. My shop and events will feature jewelry and decor done using this method; to my delight, it has already been a big hit with my customers.
As always, my workspace is awash with a wide assortment of jewelry, featuring gemstones, crystals, ceramic accents and more. I have also begun work on ceramic text elements that convey messages of identity (chosen pronouns), attitude (current mood), sense of self (faith, spirit, beliefs) and other wearable statements. The photo gallery has some snapshots of these works-in-progress.
I am don't just see myself as a jewelry designer... also continuing to create hanging decor in the form of soldered embellished bud vases, posy pockets (coming soon), mobiles and chimes...as well as home decor such as boxes, votive holders, lighter covers, smoking accessories, bells...and whatever else I can dress up! Be sure to join the mailing list for new listings and design announcements, special sales, and event info.
What is Tiffany Technique?
Louis Comfort Tiffany took the long-used method of adhering copper foil to the edges of colored glass, then attaching them together with solder (leaded) to create all manner of objects d'art. He was inspired by the stained glass windows in churches and cathedrals, and brought that beauty into the home. Now the term is commonly used to describe jewelry and other items made using unleaded solder with glass, gems, shells, beads, and other elements.
What is the process like?
There are many steps, but in a nutshell:
What is the hardest part?
For me, its being patient. It can't be rushed, or mistakes will be made. I have overheated stones and cracked them, burned my fingers with the 750 degree iron, wasted sterling wire by not measuring properly...that's just a few! But I push on, because when a piece is complete, the satisfaction is immense!
"Beautiful unique art. I have several of her pieces and I love them all. I get constant compliments on the necklaces. The owner is wonderful to work with."
"What I do know is this...Nici's craftsmanship is impeccable. Her artistic vision is stellar, and the love, magick and heart that goes into every piece she creates is palpable. "
"A truly enchanted and magical collection of beautiful art that you can wear and use. Nici is an inspired artist who knows her precious and semi-precious gems and stones, and weaves beauty and magic into every item she makes. "
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