Heidi discovered metalsmithing in 2006 through a class at the Indianapolis Art Center & fell in love with the process of using hammers, tools, torch and imagination to take a simple sheet of metal & transform it into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Since 2010, she has had the opportunity to teach the love of metalsmithing in that same studio. She continues her learning process, taking classes with nationally recognized experts in the field, as well as continuing education classes at the Indianapolis Art Center. She has taken her joy of teaching others “on the road” to the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (until it closed), Festival of Learnshops in Berea, Kentucky and William Holland Lapidary School in Young Harris, Georgia.
In 2011, Heidi took early retirement from 35 years in the advertising, marketing & broadcast sales industry in Indianapolis, to make this her ‘day job’.
“I love creating art jewelry for others to wear and enjoy & the opportunity to interact with people by sharing my work in art fairs throughout the Midwest.” Her work can also be found in galleries in Indiana.
In 2014, Heidi was selected as an Indiana Artisan; an organization of juried artists & food artisans to represent the best of art & food in Indiana and was invited as a juried member of the CCA Gallery now located in Carmel. In 2022 she was invited to become a juried member of Art IN Hand Gallery in Zionsville.
She continues fulfill a goal…to give back to those who enabled her to be a two time breast cancer survivor. The Simon Cancer Center at Indiana University 100 Voices of Hope funds research hunches for solutions to cure breast cancer. Through these hunches, researchers can ‘vet’ an idea and find viable data to apply for national research grant dollars. 25% of the sale of each Heart for Hope Heidi makes goes directly to fund their research. To date, over $10,000 has been raised – one heart at a time.