Valerie's bio: I have made jewelry since I was very young. I began my formal art-metal education in high school. I refined my metal-work and artistic skills at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and at Madison Area Technical College. At this time, I was also a designer at the Jeweler's Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin. Several years ago, while exploring why my career as a lawyer wasn’t completely fulfulling, I realized I need to pursue my passion for art and design more seriously. I started using the cutting-edge medium of silver clay to make earrings, pendants, bracelets, charms, and neckpieces. Since becoming a certified artisan of silver and gold clay, I also have been teaching classes on jewelry design and my classes have been very well received.