Nancy’s jewelry path started back in the 1980’s when she worked as a teacher on the Navajo Indian Reservation where she learned metalsmithing from her Navajo teaching assistant. She went on to sell her work through mostly commission-based sales.
Eventually, the allure of traveling took her, and she traded in her metalsmithing for beaded jewelry simply due to its easier portability. In fact, she’s scrounged all over the world for unique, old, and interesting pieces, and once she found antique Ethiopian horse ornaments.
After settling down, Nancy’s focus shifted back to metalsmithing. She now has three basic passions, and she has managed to marry them all together in her jewelry. She opts for recycled metals, mostly copper. She also loves vintage/antique pieces, and she has dug through many a pile in dusty markets in the far corners of the globe to find them. And then there are the lovely handmade glass beads; she claims that she’s like a magpie with shiny things. In the end, she just loves to make pieces where her imagination goes haywire.
Nancy is a woman of many passions. While her jewelry keeps her happily busy, she’s still a traveler at heart! She recently took a 3-year hiatus with her husband and twin sons, and they rode their bikes from Alaska to Argentina, totaling 17,285 miles through 15 countries. She wrote a book about her travels titled Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of the World. She has four additional books as well, all available on Amazon.
While Nancy won’t be selling her books at the Saturday market, she will be showcasing her amazing metalsmithing work. You can find that through her Etsy Site as well as at the Saturday market. Be sure and stop by to see her this summer!