A hero of mine, this jewel sculptor works out of Eugene, OR. She uses the lost wax method and is a wax carver; her mature style is a breathtaking combination of nature and contemporary, experimental composition and rendering. Using the metals as a palette her work stands on the strength of its artistry, distinguishing it from so much manufactured work that relies on metal content and stones to create value. In addition, her animal themes (regarded as totemic) speak of a close involvement between her imagination and the natural world, and so describe the artisan behind the pieces. To top it off, Stone is alive, and deserves recognition, for she is true maker of talismans.
Her website is full of personal care, and includes an excellent photo overview of the lost wax process.