I’ve been a craft artist for more than 30 years. From Kenosha, Wisconsin, my mother Pat was a beloved art teacher who taught students of all ages. Because of her, I was exposed to wide variety of high-quality crafts from early childhood. There were always Ceramics Monthly and American Craft magazines on the coffee table. Growing up with my mom meant regular trips to the Milwaukee Art Museum or the Art Institute of Chicago. I always say my mother was my inspiration and constant source of encouragement in my life as a craft artist, because she was!
I hold an art education degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I’ve also attended workshops in enameling and lampworking glass at the Penland School of Crafts and studied ceramic art at the San Francisco Art Institute.
When I moved to Chicago in 1986 I started a business called "Draw Bags by Annette." I created one of a kind applique leather and vinyl bags and accessories and sold them across the United States. My last show was the Philadelphia Museum Craft Fair in 1989. My mom went with me. We rented a van. We stayed with a young writer, Mike Walsh, in his town home. I had an incredibly successful show and I just loved Philadelphia! I stopped making bags and moved to Los Angeles at thirty years old to start jewelry.
In making jewelry, I taught myself to fuse glass and work with sterling silver. In 1991, I started making jewelry and have never stopped, selling my work across the United States at art fairs, select galleries and now online.