I have been lucky enough to have many inspiring and knowledgeable teachers throughout my life, this section of my blog is dedicated to them.
Marilyn DaSilva is the chair of the Jewelry/Metal Arts department at California College of the Arts(CCA). She was my teacher from my first jewelry class at CCA to the final semester of my Senior Projects class. Although I was not always enrolled in a class with Marilyn she was always available to aid in my artistic progression offering wisdom in both craft and concept. One thing I will never forget that Marilyn has taught me is that there is no back to a piece of jewelry, the back is not to be viewed as an unseen area but as an intimate secret for the wearer.
Curtis Arima is an adjunct professor at CCA. Curtis introduced me to the techniques of chasing and repousse, he inspired me with his excitement and has always left me with the feeling that I could make anything. I am only limited by the expanse of my imagination and proficiency of my craft both of which I work constantly to evolve.
Deborah Lozier is an adjunct professor at CCA. She taught me the art of enamelling. I also worked for a short time as her assistant enamelling sconces for a building in Emeryville California. Deb has an infectious sense of positivity, while working for her I can recall her saying that you can only put positive OR negative energy into the world at any given time, you have to make that choice every moment.
David Cole is an adjunct professor at CCA. Under his instruction my level of craftsmanship increased immensely. He instilled in me a need for perfection, he would say “all I ask for is perfection, just perfection” saying that as if what he was asking was the easiest and most natural thing in the world to accomplish.
Juarez Roberts was a writer, paratrooper and foreman of a foundry. He lived next door to me for two pivotal years of my life. He was my neighbor, mentor and confidant who became over the years my adoptive grandfather. Juarez was unfailingly intelligent with enough good sense to throw in a lowbrow joke if the topics being discussed took on too serious a tone. He was a foundry foreman, among other things and in love with the medium of metal, the seeds of my appreciation and love for the craft of metal were planted by Juarez and his wife Sonja.