"I'm Carmen Griselda Anocibar. I was born in Argentina on February 23, 1961. Most of my life has been dedicated to art, both in teaching and in crafting ceramics and jewelry, and I was a ceramics professor at the Universidad Nacional de Misiones in Argentina. <br><br>
"My husband's job took us to Lima where I met a Peruvian friend who was taking jewelry classes. I went with her to the academy one day and after that, I never missed a class until I had learned all I could. <br><br>
"I visited many different cities to learn about ancient and modern techniques for working with a metal as beautiful and precious as Andean silver. <br><br>
"This is how I became familiar with this wonderful Peruvian culture and all that can be done with its riches - minerals, wood, etc. - combined in unique ways. So I decided to stay here, studying and discovering the secrets of pre-Hispanic silversmiths, and applying them to jewelry. I want to perpetuate these traditions. <br><br>
"My inspiration comes from ethnic art. In nature's forms such as stones, seashells and wood, I find a perfect source of inspiration for creating jewelry with my own hands. It is so fulfilling. <br><br>
"My work is somewhat contemporary, lineal with contrasting surfaces and the influence of ethnic art. My desire is to represent in silver the designs that nature inspires. Through each piece, I strive to transmit that these designs do work - the contemporary with nature and ethnic motifs. <br><br>
"I place a great deal of effort into each and every piece of jewelry, giving the best of me so that they look beautiful on everyone who wears them."