I attended KES from 1994-1999 as a boarding student. It was really hard being away from my family at such a young age and making all new friends. As time passed, I began to love it there, and took full advantage of the IB Arts Program as well as playing trumpet in the band, which lead to a few international trips. Looking back, I realize that those four years at KES shaped who I am today and prepared me to face any circumstance or obstacle in my life. After graduation, I went to Mount Allison University before I transferred to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. I tried every medium available and after careful thought, chose to focus my studies on the fabrication of jewellery and stone setting. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Jewellery and Metalsmithing, I decided that the life of a starving artist wasn't really for me and being a commercial Jeweller and working in the mainstream jewellery industry would pay the bills. It was really tough at first being in a male-dominated industry, but with my education, skills and personality, I was able make it. That was over 10 years ago. I have never been without work. I hand- fabricate commission-based jewellery like rings, earrings and pendants using mainly white gold and platinum. I specialize in setting uniquely-shaped precious gem stones and diamonds. Vacuum casting and the lost wax casting technique are used frequently. Repairing and refurbishing heirloom jewellery fill many
hours in a day. It's very rewarding working with clients to bring a design idea or a drawing into the third dimension. It's funny how the twisted path of fate unravels in front of each one of us, creating opportunity where there wasn't any visible before. I would have died laughing if someone had told me back in 1999 that I would be a Goldsmith living and working in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Stay humble and dream big, literally anything is possible.
You’ll find countless opportunities to express your artistic interests at our school. The arts make up one of the essential four pillars of a King’s-Edgehill School education.
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