As a child, I loved rocks. My father’s job as a petroleum engineer took me to many locations and I amassed an amazing rock collection. As an adult, I gave the collection away, and forgot about the rocks until attending my first bead show. There was Amethyst, Jasper, Agates, Turquoise — I was hooked!
This year I took a lapidary (rock cutting and polishing) course from Michael Boyd, a nationally recognized jeweler. Now I'm cutting my own stones as well as altering purchased stones in ways that enhance their beauty. This is an exciting step for me and one I hope will result in jewelry that is bold and beautiful.
Award-winning artist Barbara Blaschke studied metal smithing at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio. She has also studied with Barbara Becker Simon and Marnie Ryan, recognized for their bold, innovative jewelry.