Leia attended her first metalsmithing and jewelry making course as a teen. While earning her first Fine Arts degree in jewelry, she began a 6 year apprenticeship working with a local jewelry maker and then continued on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in Jewelry. Since then, Leia has studied with Master stone setters and engravers to broaden her knowledge and techniques.
From the Artist:
I love to collect interesting bits from a walk, I am constantly surprised and awe struck by the strange things that grow on this planet we inhabit.
The shapes, textures, and patterns they revealed upon close inspection of our environment are inspiring. I translate those into my work creating wearable sculptures, drawing from these awe inspiring moments in natural discovery.
Leia grew up in the lushly wooded hills of Missouri and the big skied desert of Arizona, both greatly influencing my draw to the natural world.