He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts/Metalsmithing in 1972 at Syracuse University. He also majored in Architecture at Syracuse from 1968-1970. From 1972-1973 he attended Montana State University and from 1973-1974 attended State University of New York College at New Paltz.\r\nIn 1977 he received his Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
With these materials he uses diverse techniques for the jewelry, sculptures, and wall reliefs that he creates. Many of these works are whimsical yet restrained works that comment on the human condition. Company-author with Janet Koplos of "Makers: 20th Century American Studio Crafts", to be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2009 Senior Lecturer 2007, 1999, 1997, 1994–1995, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Advisory Committee, “Craft in America” television series Instructor 1992, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Jewelry/Metals 1986 - 1991 Assistant Professor 1981-1986, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio Contributing Editor, Metalsmith magazine, 1980–1992, 1995–2001 Visiting Instructor, 1983, University of Houston Graduate School of Architecture, Houston, Texas Instructor of Metalsmithing 1979-1980, Department of Continuing Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts Artist-in-Residence 1980, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa Temporary Instructor of Metalsmithing 1977-1978, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado Benchworker for "New England Weather," Leverett, Massachusetts, (production of silver jewelry) 1974-1975 Benchworker for Kurt Matzdorf, New Paltz, New York 1974 "These necklaces and brooches represent a recent departure.\r\nThey are neither narrative nor conceptual jewelry.
Instead, I want to make jewelry that is decorative and comfortably wearable. Beyond that, I want these articles to become the center of attention when they are worn, and thus to make their wearers feel exceptional".
Member Society North America Goldsmiths (Distinguished member).