“Creating and working with my hands has been a life long passion”
Dorothee’s passion evolved from drawing and sculpting in her early childhood into an intense desire to become a “goldsmith” in her later teenage years. Nurtured in that quest by her painter mother and engineer father, she embarked on a three year goldsmith apprenticeship under a Master jeweler near Frankfurt, Germany, learning traditional goldsmith techniques of fabrication. “Convincing precious metal to conform to my wishes by hammering, forging, sawing and soldering and the precision and patience needed to do it well, appealed to me instantly.”
Her journey brought her to the United States where she added wax carving, casting, stone setting and welding to her repertoire of techniques over the last 32 years. She became a proud citizen of the United States in 2003.
Dorothee combines high karat gold with the rich colors of fine gemstones, drusy and the muted hues of rare pearls. “I strive to create a sculptural feel for my jewelry. How the pieces visually flow from all angles is important.”
Her process starts sometimes with sketches, most often by using brass or copper sheet, tubing and wire. “Being very visual, I love to get right into it. Working with metals and shaping them, helps me clarify my thoughts and design ideas.”
Her work has been called understated and elegant and has won her 22 first place awards at art shows throughout the country.