I have been interested in rocks, minerals and fossils since
I was a child, I did not become involved with wirecrafts until
I took courses from Martha Spies, Mimi Murray and Betty Baxter
at Wildacres in 1995. These excellent teachers provided me
with a solid foundation. Many of the techniques I use were
learned in their classes. In addition, I started teaching
at Wildacres in 1997 and at William Holland in 1998. I have
continued to learn there from my students and others.
to Freda Hull who read and commented on the Silversmithing
Section of the Woven Cuff Procedure. Also, thanks to students
in my classes at Wildacres and William Holland in 1998 who
used first drafts for many of the procedures in this book.
They provided many valuable comments.
greatly appreciate the input I have received from Mimi Murray.
Not only has she continued to share designs with me, but she
has provided valuable suggestions for improvement. The Transparent
Crystal Slice Pendant in this book was developed at Mimi's
Glass, whom I have gotten to know at William Holland, has
also been very generous in sharing his designs with me. The
Golfer Earrings and Large V-Shaped Earrings with Beads are
procedures I developed from jewelry made by Otto.