My creative process is a combination of instinct, discovery and letting the things that inspire me percolate and come to the surface as I work. The act of creating jewelry in itself is often where new ideas are born. The spark can come from something as simple as folding a washer or cutting a circle. I am drawn to geometric forms that are balanced and still retain a feeling of joy. I also pay attention to contrasts in color and the play between positive and negative space.
While I was a RISD student, I participated in a study abroad program in Italy. I was ignited by Rome’s rich architectural history and discovered my love of ancient, classical and modern sculpture. These became sources of inspiration that later found an outlet in the smaller more accessible format of jewelry. The work of modernist sculptors such as Brancusi and Noguchi and the Italian jewelry artist Giampaolo Babetto inspire me to distill each form to its essential geometry.
A few years later, I returned to Italy as a Fulbright Scholar. I studied classical sculptures and paintings and how they represent the various roles of women. I was so moved by Piero della Francesca’s Madonna del Parto that I wrote a song about her. My studies of the Divine Feminine resonated within me and continue to influence my work to this day.
My hope is that when women wear my jewelry, they will tap into the Divine Feminine within them and find inner strength and outward beauty.
“I want my jewelry to inspire courage, beauty, and joy in the women who wear it.”
An award winning jeweler, Thea has been designing and creating jewelry since 1991. Thea is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991) and through the years, she has designed jewelry for well known brands including Isaac Mizrahi and Swarovski.
In 1998, Thea was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Grant to explore the Divine Feminine in Painting and Sculpture in Florence, Italy. This concept includes the essence of a woman’s quiet strength, wisdom and nurturing qualities that still influence Thea’s design sense to this day. During her time in Italy Thea also assisted instructors and studied traditional jewelry making techniques at the Art Studio Fuji.
Her love of natural geometry shines in her Lotus Collection. The clean lines are influenced by Thea’s Italian heritage and her love of uncluttered adornment. In 2005 she won first place in the Saul Bell Award silver category for her Lotus Pearl Brooch.
Dance and music are a big part of Thea’s life outside her studio. You can feel her sense of rhythm come through in her work especially in her statement necklaces.
Her current collection is hand made using 22K Gold fused with Sterling Silver adding a luminous glow from interior spaces, which you will appreciate as the piece moves and catches the light when you wear it.
Born in Boston Massachusetts, Thea and her son now call Rhode Island home, where she works in her studio located in Hope Artiste Village. To see Thea’s work in person see the list of galleries and upcoming events.
Shows & Awards
2010 Women’s Jewelry Association Grant
2006 Niche Award Finalist in “Jewelry: Sculpture to Wear” category for her one-of-a-kind “Hydra Brooch”.
2006 Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL – “Best of Show” winner
2005 Saul Bell Award Finalist, Silver Category for her “Lotus Pearl Brooch”.
2005 Niche Award Finalist in the Wearable Art category.
2004 Niche Award Winner, Silver category for her “Fan Necklace”.
2004 “Integrity of the Minimal” curated by Ruth Snyderman, Art on the Line – Honorable Mention
2003 Sacramento Art Museum “California Gold” group show
2001 SNAG conference group show “Tiaras will be worn”
1998 – 99 Fulbright Grant (Awarded – at Large) to Study and conduct research in Florence, Italy