In the early 1970s, I crossed the American border into Canada in a Datsun Fairlady with my goldsmithing ‘toolkit’ in the back seat of my car. A few years earlier, while attending university, I’d taken an elective in silversmithing. That course changed everything for me. I began to study silversmithing full time. I knew I wanted to do this for a living. I’d found my passion.
I headed north to Montreal, where I began to establish a goldsmithing career. Eventually I became a faculty member at the Saidye Bronfman Center, where I specialized in teaching silversmithing and enamelling courses. A few years later I was appointed as Department Head of the Silversmithing programme.