I was asked to design and develop upscale jewelry for sale in ship gift shops on cruises to Antarctica. I love product development so I welcomed the project. What took me by surprise is just how much I wanted to actually learn how to build things by hand with these fine metals. I wanted to use the fire of a torch, bend, cut, saw, file and see raw materials transform into beauty. My design work had been so computer oriented. With a fabulous silversmith as a mentor I’ve become a silversmith myself. This exploration has been intensely satisfying and provides limitless room for continued learning and experimenting. My favorite things.