Donna has worked with stained glass for over 20 years and became intrigued with fused glass and wire wrapping about ten years ago when her stained glass instructor introduced her to both processes.  Over time she has taught herself to manipulate the wire to create unique pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings.  Donna loves to incorporate unusual stones (i.e. druzies) and cabochons (i.e. hand-painted porcelain) into pendants and other pieces of wearable art.  She finds working with materials that are fluid and never have quite the same end result fascinating.  Her main objective when creating jewelry pieces is to combine different elements into one-of-a-kind wearable art.

 

Over the years she has learned different skills via Internet courses, tutorials and books.   She continues to learn new skills and recently took a class on Kumihimo beading instructed by another Best of Missouri Hands juried artist.  The Kumihimo cords look amazing with her porcelain pendants (wire-wrapped or not) and gives them a totally different feel.  She also creates Kumihimo bracelets with the hand-painted porcelain cabochons as a focal. 

 

Donna's jewelry was in two shows at the St. Charles County Arts Council  in 2014 and the BOMH juried show in July 2015. That show was entitled “With These Missouri Hands.”  Her work will also be a part of the Arts Council's August 2016 show.

 

Donna has been certified as a Self-Representing Artist in Jewelry Design by the international SRAJD and has been a member of that organization for over six years.  In addition to being a juried artist member of Best of Missouri Hands, she is a member of the Greater St. Louis Arts Association and the St. Charles County Arts Council.