Denise began making jewelry as a small child using tiny shells with holes and pretty rocks mixed with broken bits of costume jewelry from her mother and granny. Later, her grandparents bought her a beadwork belt from Cherokee NC and she was hooked. She taught herself beadwork from internet tutorials and took up the vocation of jewelry-making in earnest over 20 years ago. Before that Denise worked as an engineering aide/draftsman with TVA, a substitute teacher in Roane County, and does freelance writing and editing.
Denise took classes in metal work & cold connections from Debra Lynn Gold and torch-fired enameling from Marjorie Simon at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and loves fold-forming, forging, cold connections and soldering. During the Marjorie Simon class Arrowmont was re-roofing the metals building and tearing off the old copper roof. Arrowmont gave some of the copper to the class participants and now Denise cherishes her jewelry made from the Arrowmont Roof. Designing patterns for beadwork is a new pursuit.
Besides being the webmaster for AACC, Denise is a member of Foothills Craft Guild , sells at Locally Grown Gallery as well as AACC, and is a member of the Arts Council of Roane County. She also sews regularly and has dabbled in quilting, knitting, crochet, needlepoint, counted crosstitch, embroidery, sculpting, sketching and painting. So many things to do, so little time.