Resume – Jewelry and Product Design

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Present Code Oregon Project with Treehouse Online Learning (

Website Design Track – Completed 11/2014
WordPress Site Design Track – Completed 12/2014
Website Development – Anticipated Completion 7/2015
PHP, MySQL – Anticipated Completion 8/2015
WordPress Development – Anticipated Completion 8/2015

2013 University of North Dakota

Master of Fine Arts: Studio Arts – Jewelry/Metalsmithing

2007 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Master of Arts: Studio Arts – Jewelry/Metalsmithing

2002-2004 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Work Towards: Bachelors of Fine Arts: Studio Art- Jewelry/Metalsmithing
Bachelors of Fine Arts: Applied Art- Graphic Design

1995 Mercyhurst College

Bachelor of Arts: Psychology

Related Employment and Experience

Note- Gaps in employment are due to relevance to resume, not unemployment

2004 – Present Designer and Maker of Things, Physical and Digital
Sharon Smith Metal Arts Studio, Portland, OR

Design and maintain websites for clients
Design and maintenance of studio website, Etsy store, and marketing
Design and fabricate jewelry, sculpture, and functional objects
Teach individual students, small workshops, and demos of a variety of metalsmith techniques

2010-2013  Graduate Teaching Assistant (Teacher of Record) – Art 204 – Jewelry/Metals
Department Of Art & Design, University Of North Dakota

Taught 6 semesters of of Art 204, receiving excellent reviews from the majority of my students on Instructor Reviews
Plan semester-long course structure and assignments
Write course syllabus
Demonstrate all metalsmithing techniques necessary to complete projects including:
soldering, forging, basic stone setting, polishing, cold connections
Instruct students in basic 2-D & 3-D design concepts and explain the relationship of those concepts to each assignment
Instruct and assist students with studio equipment and maintain safety of studio environment

2011-2013  Graduate Research Assistant
Art Collections, University Of North Dakota

Develop, build, & maintain database of artworks in university’s art collection
Proper handling of all art works
Installation of works at a variety of local galleries
Packaging art works to be shipped to other locations

2010  Census Team Lead
US Census Bureau, Erie, PA, Office

Training and supervision of team of census takers
Meet with census takers regularly to gather paperwork
Assure accurate completion of paperwork in a timely manner
Assist team members with problematic respondents
Apprise team members of any changes in procedure in a timely fashion

2007-2010  Studio Technician (Volunteer)
Metals Studios, Art Department, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Maintain studio equipment
Maintain safety of studio environment
Assist beginning- level students with studio equipment

2004-2009  Pre-Press and Graphic Designer for Publications
Ár nDraíocht Féin, A Druid Fellowship (ADF)

Co-Project Coordinator and Pre-Press work for the Grove Organizers Handbook, 4th Edition
Including: Editing, Design, and Layout of finished book
Design, Layout, Illustration and Pre-Press on several commercially available books published through ADF Press

2006-2009  Engraving Specialist (Seasonal)
Things Remembered, Erie, PA

Layout and programming of engraved designs
Operation and maintenance of computer-driven engraving machine
Assist customers with design options
Product sales and Customer service

1997-2003  Senior Center Director
Northwestern Senior Center, GECAC, Albion, PA

Daily Activities planning and facilitating group activities, particularly teaching craft projects
Supervised Center employees and over 80 Center volunteers
Management of Center funds and budget
Grant writing
Web site maintenance
Completion of all Center paperwork
Planning Outreach activities

1997-2001  Production Assistant
Top Hat Leather, Erie, PA

Produce product for store
Product Designer
Staff Artist
Sales and customer service


PDX Women In Tech (PDXWIT)
Computer-Human Interaction Forum of Oregon (CHIFOO)
Portland Creative Metal Arts Guild (CMAG)
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
American Craft Council
Erie Craft Time Continuum

Art, Craft, and Multimedia Skills – Metalsmithing

Jewelry Design

My own designs– Production multiples, series, one-of-a-kind and statement pieces
Custom work for clients– Specializing in working within client’s budget, Mourning Jewelry

Basic Fabrication

Precious, Non-Ferrous, Pewter, some Ferrous
Includes sawing, filing, sanding, polishing, soldering, fusing, welding (arc, tig)


Centrifugal Casting Arm, vacuum casting, gravity pour (jewelry-scale and larger foundry casting)

Model and Mold-Making

Vulcanized rubber- hot and room-temperature, amalgam, plaster, silicone,
Wax carving & finishing with both fine detail jewelry pieces and larger sculptural pieces
Plasticine, clay, found objects

Stone Setting

Cabachon and faceted stones, including colored faceted stones
Bezel, tube, prong, and flush/gypsy settings, as well as unusual settings for oddly-shaped stones

Chasing and Repoussé

Including making, tempering, and polishing of tools

Fabricating complex mechanisms

Hinges, latches, clasps

Construction of Hollow Forms

Raising vessels and forms from flat sheet
Compression, anticlastic, synclastic raising, lap joint, die-forming
Includes use of a wide variety of raising stakes and hammers
Primarily silver, copper, brass, bronze, and pewter


Fused loop-in-loop chains, chain mail, Byzantine, spiral, etc.

Computer-Driven Engraving Machines


Computer, Web, and Graphic Design Skills

Website Design and Development
HTML, CSS, JavaScript
WordPress, Managed Content
Works equally well with both PC and Mac
Digital SLR, Film 35mm, Slides, including lighting small 3D objects
Adobe Creative Suite
Writing and Editing
Database Design and Management
Filemaker Pro 11
Microsoft Office


Third Place- Graduate Student, UND Student Art Show, 2013
Rick Santorum Award (Special Juror’s Prize), UND Student Art Show, 2012
Stephen Kemminify Award for Creative Use of Any Material, 2006
Eclectic Etceteras Scholarship Competition Finalist, 2004


SNAG Student Membership Recruitment Poster, 2009
Edinboro University Metals Program Student Recruitment Postcard, 2006
Edinboro University Metals Program Student Recruitment Postcard, 2005
Chimera Journal of Art and Literature, Volume 1, 2003

Workshops & Demos Taught

Fused Loop-in-Loop Chainmaking
Casting for Jewelry
Chasing and Repoussé
Basic Jewelry and Metals Fabrication
Basic and Advanced Leathercarving
Various styles of hand-sewn bookbinding, including tooled leather covers