Tessa was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest dividing her time between Seattle and Whidbey Island. Art has always been a great escape and inspiration, sculpture in particular. To better understand how sculpture was made she enrolled in Lost Wax Casting at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle in the Summer of 2001.
Her start with lost wax casting, in small scale, was inspired by a desire to understand the sculptor’s process. What began as a hobby turned into Tessa’s current profession a year later under the guidance of Sandra Jean Wainwright. She remains at Pratt to this day continually learning and growing. Her jewelry has been inspired by various people, animals, nature, art, places and a desire to make jewelry that she hasn’t seen before. Tessa enjoys “happy” and strives to create pieces of wearable whimsy. Her line grew to include sculpturettes in bronze bringing out her inner sculptor . From student, to teacher, to mother, to artist , the perfect expression of all her many facets.