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I was born, educated and married in Memphis, TN and have lived here all my life. In 1981 I became interested in jewelry design and metalwork and began studying with local craftsmen. From 1990 until 2006 I taught basic metalworking and jewelry design at the University of Memphis and in 2006, when the school discontinued the courses, moved my classes to my own expanded studio.

I became interested in Precious Metal Clay (PMC) when it was first introduced into this country in the late 1990’s and am now a PMC Guild Certified Artisan, working in this exciting new form of metal- silver, gold, bronze and copper-and teaching others to use and appreciate the varied uses and forms of this new way of working metal. I also teach basic metal fabrication and construction, wire wrapping, and dichroic glass for jewelry.

I have been a member of the Memphis Association of Craft Artists (MACA), the local Chapter of the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) since 1986 and have participated in just about all of the local juried shows sponsored by MACA as well as in local fairs and shows. Three times my work has been accepted into the Best of Tennessee Craft exhibits, and my work has also been shown at the Tate Gallery at Middle Tennessee State College, several local and regional synagogues and at local museums. In 2010 three of my pieces were accepted for publication in 600 Judaica – Innovative Contemporary Ritual Art. The various item shown in this book were selected by the assistant curator of the Jewish Museum and represent a cross section of artists world wide.

In 1986 Margaret Winberry and I started DreamCasters Originals and ,though Margaret passed away in 2000, I still maintain the business identity. Our philosophy was and still is “your dream or ours, both are possible” and I am always willing to work with customers to give reality to their designs.

I am married to Richard N. Schiff and we have one daughter, Martha, and one granddaughter, Sarah. Richard’s talent is vocal and he sings both with the Germantown Chorus and with the Memphis Men of Harmony, a barbarshop chorus. Sarah occasionally works with me in the studio and shows a distinct talent for glass design.


Artist’s Statement

If “you are what you eat," then I feel you are even more what you wear or what you display on your person and/or in your personal space. I try to make objects which show a respect and love of natural things and which may be used to express a variety of emotional responses to the objects ,themselves, or to the world in which the owner of those objects resides.








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