Christmas Ornaments from Broken Dishes

Every year I take some of my favorite bits of broken dishes and turn them into ornaments for my Christmas tree. I’ve gathered such an extensive collection that this year the weight of all those ornaments actually tipped over the tree… it was quite a scene. Fortunately, none of my shard ornaments were damaged, but […]


Help Cure Jeweler’s Block

I’m working away on new shard jewelry for the holiday season, and with thousands of dishes to choose from, I was hoping you could help me out by suggesting what kind of pieces you’d like me to work on next. As a way to say thanks, there are THREE $50 gift certificate to be given […]

ET Shard Jewelry

My New Uniform Accessory

I had half this piece finished for a while… E.T.’s head from an old mug, but I never knew what I’d do with the hands. This week I finally figured it out, and I’m thrilled with the results. I’ve decided I should wear this one at a few shows. If you’re at an upcoming show […]

Shard Jewelry Made in Ireland

The Made in Ireland Collection

I’ve been talking about in my e-newsletter… it’s made it’s way around Facebook… but now it’s actually available in my online store… it’s the collection of jewelry I made in Ireland this summer. A special thanks to everyone who has shown interest in these pieces. It was a bit of a process setting up a […]


A New Batch of Shards Turned Into Jewelry

I’ve been busy working on several new pieces of jewelry from broken china, and they are ready just in time for the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. Here’s a bit about a few of my favorites… It is always a pleasure to work on Haviland china, but this piece with its brilliant blue background […]

Fionnuala O'Kelly, Megan Smolenyak, and Enda Kenny at the White House for St Patrick's Day (that's a piece of my jewelry around Megan's neck).

A Celebrity Shard Spotting for St Patrick’s Day

I was delighted to find out one of my pieces of jewelry was worn at the White House this morning for the St Patrick’s Day festivities. Megan Smolenyak from the book and TV show “Who Do You Think You Are?” was wearing a piece when she posed for this photo with Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) […]


Dishes Salvaged in Ireland

I’ve been spending some time uncovering dishes in Ireland this winter, which is always a pleasure. It’s been even more fun because my Irish cousins have gotten in on the action. They now set aside every shard they find in the garden, in the ditch, as well as the pieces they break at their own […]

Vintage Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cup Shard

My Private Collection Adorns the Christmas Tree

Since I don’t really wear shard jewelry, each year I turn a few pieces into ornaments for my Christmas tree. Each December, I get to relive jewelry seasons past. This year before I take down the tree, I thought I’d give you a peek at a few pieces from my private collection.


Ten of My Favorite New Patterns for Shard Jewelry

When I’m asked to choose my favorite pieces of shard jewelry, I often think, “Gee, that’s like being asked to choose your favorite child.” I like each piece for a different reason. However, I must admit there are a few standout pieces that rise to the top. Below you’ll find ten pieces I’ve worked on […]


WOW! 15% for Small Business Saturday… and Cyber Monday… and Black Friday

I’m getting into the holiday spirit and offering a special discount for Small Business Saturday. In case you’re not familiar with the day-after-Black-Friday-event, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to support small businesses! When you shop my online shop through Monday, you’ll save 15% on all shard jewelry. That includes FREE First Class shipping!

A snapshot of my booth in Oklahoma City last week.

Update on the New Collection

It’s been an amazing few weeks… some fantastic art shows, many wonderful new customers, and fantastic support from my “regulars.” 2013 is on track to be the best year to date for my broken china jewelry. In order to keep up with everything, I have to make some adjustments to my schedule. Usually at this […]

Jean and Liam with the piece of shard jewelry that raised money for charity.

A Shard with Something Special

Today I wanted to tell you a little story about making jewelry and setting up at art shows that made me feel really good about what I do… It all started a few years ago at the 4th Avenue Street Fair in Tucson, Arizona. My booth was all set up and ready for customers when […]


Greetings from Ireland

I’m just finishing a successful… AND SUNNY… summer in Ireland. Of course I dedicated a good bit of time to recovering various bits of broken dishes from all around the island. I’ll be adding the distinctly Irish pieces to the collection in time for Milwaukee Irish Fest… and I’ll have more ready for the Celtic […]

Changing Course

Turning passion into a career…

I decided a while ago that I was going to follow my passions. That’s why I have the pleasure of showing my artwork all over the US, touring people around Ireland in the summer, and hunting for inspiration where ever I go. This Wednesday at noon EST, I’ll be talking to Dr. Valerie Young from […]

May the Road Rise Up

An Irish Blessing for St Patrick’s Day

It’s St Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d invite you to be a part of a family tradition… sharing an Irish blessing. I didn’t want to just write it down… this one is better sung. Click below to hear me sing May the Road Rise Up to Meet to You (more…)

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Royal Tara Shard

If It’s Irish, It’s on Sale!

I’m running a Early St Patrick’s Day sale on everything Irish in my online store! Here’s a look at a few of the types of pieces you’ll find on sale! IRISH BELLEEK: It’s Ireland’s finest china and since collectors tend to keep it tucked away on a shelf, it can be a challenge for me […]


This Sale Won’t Stop Until It Warms Up!

It… is… so… cold… right… now! I want to think about anything but my frozen toes… so I decided to extend my Winter Thaw Sale until the temperature gets above freezing. Everything in my online store is 20% OFF until the temperature gets above 32 degrees in Milwaukee. There are no codes or coupons required […]

One of my pieces of shard jewelry on display alongside other Belleek marks in the Irish American Heritage Museum in Chicago.

Museum Worthy

I had a pleasant surprise this weekend. A piece of my Irish Belleek shard jewelry was added to the Irish American Heritage Center Museum‘s exquisite collection of Belleek china in Chicago. In their display of Irish Belleek marks one of my pieces has been put in to showcase the company’s “Dishwasher Safe – Microwave Safe” […]

Amphur Shard Necklace

Necklace Preview

I just finished up a whole batch of gorgeous shard necklace combination pieces for my New Collection Show on Thursday. Here’s a peek at a few of them…  More from my New Collection >>


Ring! Ring!

The requests have been coming in for me to make rings, and this Thursday I’ll be premiering several new ring designs from shards of broken dishes. Hope to see you at my New Collections Show on Thursday! More from my new collection >>


Going Back to Spend More Time Beneath the Wreath in Grand Rapids

Last November, my jewelry made its first visit to Grand Rapids for the Beneath the Wreath event put on by the Junior League there. The weekend was filled with art and wine and laughter… this year promises to be more of the same, and I’ll be back with a whole new collection of shard jewelry. […]