For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored of metal objects and the craftsmanship involved in producing it. I love creating something with my hands and being able to give my ideas a definite physical shape in precious metal. I find it fascinating how the metal bends and moves with only a few hammer strikes and to witness it take new form. My inspiration comes primarily from nature. A leaf or flower that I find on a walk or in my yard can be the catalyst for a new piece. I am especially fond of sea creatures: little shells, sand dollars or starfish I pick up on the beach not far from my studio. I find their amazing shapes and intricate textures very stimulating.
In the past, Ina attended many metal smithing and jewelry making classes at Cabrillo and Monterey Peninsula College. Among others, she has taken classes in jewelry fabrication, Metalsmithing, fold forming, Keum boo (Korean art of gold application), anticlastic raising, enameling and casting. She also attended special one and two week long workshops such as "Stone Setting" with Megan Corvin, "Chasing and Repoussé" with Marcia Lewis, Working in Wire with Mary Lee Hu, "Enameling with Deb Lozier, Wire Sculpture with Tom Hill and "Soldering" with Lynda Watson.
She holds a BA in French Literature from the Sorbonne University in Paris and a Master of Arts in French and German Literature & Linguistics and Economics from the University of Freiburg, Germany.