The moment I learned the lost wax technique, it felt like the stars had aligned. For the first time in my life, I felt like I was on the right path. Although I studied speech pathology in college, I spent my free time painting, stenciling, and creating collages. My creative soul searched endlessly for a medium, but nothing felt quite right until I began taking lost wax carving classes at night. As I spent every evening creating (and failing to create) designs and honing my craft, something amazing happened - I learned to let go and find beauty in the imperfections. Throughout my life I have always been a perfectionist. It didn't go so well when I tried to make cookie cutter designs that I had seen in department stores with nothing but my human hands, wax, a small metal tool, and an alcohol lamp. It's when I embraced the organic free-form method that is lost wax, that my true style came to be. I have been sculpting jewelry for 6 years now and every time I sit down to create, I have to consciously surrender myself. This process has helped me accept (and dare I say, love?) my own imperfections.