Michael and Katherine's home studio is a hand built solar powered adobe located near the historic village of Abiquiu (a bee Q), New Mexico. The juniper and chamisa studded hills and the Chama river valley below, once inspired artist Georgia O’ Keeffe who chose to live and work there. The landscape is an important backdrop in their creative life. They feel the expression of art is an attempt to more deeply understand the world around them. By looking more closely into what they see they hope to reveal the patterns in nature and how it unifies their relationship to art. Just as Buffalo grass, cactus and juniper work together to form a harmony in their landscape they use metal, fire and stone in an effort to evoke a similar harmony.
The process of jewelry making is for them purely collaborative. There is something special that happens when they work together which sharpens the relationship to their art. They do all of their own silver work using traditional fabrication from sheet sterling silver, soldering, hand finishing/polishing, patination and gemstone setting.
Their intention from the beginning has not only been to make jewelry for adornment, but instead to try and step beyond what is expected and make designs which surprise their audience with something new or innovative and in this way invite them into the creative process.