I have been an “art major” since kindergarten and was very fortunate to always have lots of opportunity and encouragement throughout my school years.

I began making and selling enameled metal jewelry in high school in the late 50s when I discovered a passion for color and the endless possibilities for fusing glass to copper. I continued my art studies at San Francisco State University and graduated with an MA degree in art, and then built my jewelry and photography businesses. I taught jewelry making, including enameling, at Monterey Peninsula Community College from 1986 to 2013. I am now officially retired from teaching and keep busy with making jewelry, photography for myself and others, gardening, and enjoying life in beautiful Monterey.

Much of my work expresses my reverence for the beautiful ocean I have lived near all my life. I am inspired by the constantly changing colors, patterns and movement of the surface, as well as the life that teems below, and find glass to be the perfect medium for expressing this passion…. aqua is my favorite color.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Barbara Mandese May 29, 2015 / 2:33 am

    Hi Carol, my amazing teacher!!!! đŸ™‚

    I hope you are well, and I can see that you have been busy with those gorgeous rings!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    I do have a quick question when you have a moment. I do not have access to my binder from class….so I need to refer to you. I have some pretty cool brass pieces and silver “colored” copper beads (not sure if plating is sterling or not, but copper shows through when sanded lightly)….anyway…I vaguely recall something about ways to contaminate the pickle with other types of metal, and I couldn’t find anything specific here (and honestly I haven’t searched the internet as of yet…I have been misguided by random answers before so its a last resort). I was wondering if all can be put in the pickle without it being contaminated?

    Thank you so much for being so great about my incessant questions. đŸ™‚
    Barbara Mandese

    • Carol Holaday May 29, 2015 / 2:43 am

      anything that can rust (iron, steel, not sure what else) can not go into the pickle or all the silver in the pot will be copper plated. Lots of things look like silver that are not, and lot of metal is plated with silver. I always say not “mystery metals” to be safe. Nickel is OK.

  2. Tom April 26, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    Hey, Carol. It’s so refreshing to see your new pages, BLOG, and creative work. You keep evolving! I hope all is well with you and Nora. I continue to teach, BLOG, write and tend my furry children. Best to you and sunshine. Tom

    • Carol Holaday May 7, 2018 / 7:11 pm

      Hi Tom, all is well here. Keeping busy and enjoying life. Good to hear you are also.

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