spiralThe spiral is an ancient symbol. It appeared thousands of years ago in southwestern Native American tribal areas on cave walls and on ancient pottery.  I have read that spirals can mean water, or wind.  The spiral also symbolized a way of planting, starting at the center and moving out in circles as they planted. In Navajo this was called ha’oolmaaz
And the spiral can also be representative of man’s journey on earth.

Spirals in my Art Jewelry

Since a lot of my inspiration comes from the southwestern deserts I use the spiral a lot in my bead designs and silver jewelry.  It’s a soothing stroke to create in glass.

spiral,labyrinth ring


Man in the Maze

The Man in the Maze is a type of  labyrinth, represented in the basket making and silversmithing of the American Southwest, especially among the Tohono O’Odham nation.  It usually is characterized by seven concentric circles.  There are many stories about the meaning of the Man in the Maze. Interpretations of the image vary from family to family, and the symbolism is a sacred belief. A common interpretation that the human figure represents the O’odham people. The maze signifies the difficult journey toward finding deeper meaning in life. The twists and turns refer to struggles and lessons learned along the way. At the center of the maze is a circle, which stands either for death or for the ultimate realization of identity or eternity.

I participated in a collaboration with bead artist Heidi Kummli several years ago.  I provided lampworked beads and she created a necklace with them.  The theme of the collaboration was wind, earth, fire and water. I provided her with 5 beads –  the bottom of the piece was one of my artifact beads with a spiral in silver.


creating the desert in glass and metal

Scroll Bead in a Mesa Series Necklace



Can you see the delicate scroll in this lampworked bead?  If you follow me you know that I am inspired by the deserts of the Southwest.  I love the colors, the textures, the flora and the animals.  And I find the rock art and petroglyphs amazing.  Some person, a long time ago, took time to carve and paint images on the rocks.  Rock art is an expression of humanity, symbols of a culture that have persisted for millennia.  Ancient drawings, carvings and paintings on rock provide inspiration for the mind, limited only by the farthest boundaries of our imagination. Rock art is a window on our past and, most of all, a marvelous mystery captured on cliffs and rocks throughout the American Southwest.  The scroll  as it appears on my bead probably doesn’t exist per se on any rocks in the Southwest.  It is my expression of a graceful line.  On the bead it is created with ivory glass that has silver leaf mixed in.  The glass is pulled thin and applied to the base bead not in the flame but in the outer reaches of the heat of the flame.  It takes patience, control – and minimal coffee in the morning.  The result is an earthy brushstroke, a graceful arc, an undulating decoration found in many aspects of life.

Mesa Series Necklace with Scroll Lampworked Bead





It’s the shortest necklace in series.  The sterling silver pendant is hallmarked with my initials on the back.  Available in my shop October 30.

creating the desert in glass and metal

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Turquoise enhancer

the Turquoise Cab

I have been shopping at the Tucson Gem and Jewelry shows now for years.  My stash of beads and stuff is huge.  I have a personality flaw though.  I tend to keep things until I feel I have the perfect design for it.  And as you can imagine I never feel I have the perfect design.  So I told myself I could buy new gemstones this year only if I started to use the ones I already have.  So I am on a creating mission.

This turquoise cab is faceted.  I don’t think you can really see that in the above photo, but it is an exquisite stone.  I bought 2 of them about 5 years ago.  I thought they would become earrings, but they are just a little too big for me for earrings.  Instead it was set into this petroglyph fetish pendant.  Actually it is an enhancer as it can be removed and worn on any necklace or chain.

the Necklace

I purchased some wonderful turquoise beads this past March when I attended the BeadFest gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  So I felt this enhancer needed a special necklace.

Turquoise Necklace

I think the carnelian beads add just the right pop of color.

Here it is all together….

Turquoise necklace

Here is the back of the enhancer so you can see it just slips on the silver tube bead in the necklace.

You can see my hallmark too… plus a nifty little snake embellishment

turquoise enhancer back

And here it is on me…

turquoise necklace on model

Of course I made a bracelet to match and later will make some earrings.

Turquoise is the symbol of friendship. It also brings peace to the home. This stone is a very personal and meaningful stone to one who wears it. Turquoise takes on the characteristics of the owner. Turquoise carries great wisdom of basic truth within it.

creating the desert in glass and metal