In the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana, Kris walks across her drive each morning to her studio, a place where she has no inhibitions and where there are no mistakes, only outcomes and surprising opportunities.
She claims to be more sculptor than silversmith, as she makes minuscule metal sculptures as pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Kris loves silver down to the molecular level and loves working with it because she feels it has qualities of being alive: it prefers that change be incremental; it reflects light; it is fragile and strong at once. It is important to Kris that metal clay is manufactured from silver reclaimed from scrap jewelry, cell phones, electronics, photographic film and industrial waste.
Kris teaches out of her studio and at various locations in her valley. She plans to teach around Phoenix, Arizona and Chicago, Illinois. Being a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and formerly a positive-change coach enhances Kris’ teaching style. Kris has been recognized as an art entrepreneur, passing with distinction the certification review by the Montana Arts Council. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.