It all began when I was 16. My father taught me to use an oxy-acetylene torch. I started big, welding steel frames for trailers, tractors, old Harleys and eventually, one-of-a-kind yard sculptures. I began experimenting with all types of metals, using scrap to create art. As an avid mountain bike racer, it was easy to find bike parts and fuse them together. Working out of a garage in Moab, Utah, I began cutting, splicing, twisting, welding, polishing and selling unique jewelry. It was some sort of combination of southwestern-mountain-bike-artsy-sheik meets simple design. Some of my earliest pieces have endured, with several of my first customers still wearing what I designed over 20 years ago.
Fast-forward about two decades. I launched and sold a wedding magazine, moved twice, retired from bike racing, married a dreamy husband number two, and now have two fine teenaged boys, two dogs, and one fat cat. I also launched Satory Designs. I still have the torch, but have added a 2,000 degree kiln, an antique jeweler's bench, an array of silversmithing tools and polishers, all of which enable me to create one-of-kind pieces that I now ship all over the world.
I work in fine silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones. Crafting unique, wearable art. I source gems from around the globe. But I've found that my happiest clients bring me a special stone that they want reset or combined with other stones with special meaning. This is where I thrive. Creating jewelry with a special look. With meaning. With a soul of its own.
Thank you for checking out my site and reading my story. It's been a journey...And I know it's only the beginning.