Fusion II is dedicated to the late Charles Duncan, who created the method of fusing 14 karat gold to sterling silver without the use of solder. As a student and friend of Charles Duncan, Shelli had the opportunity to apprentice with him and learn this unprecedented method of fusion. Shelli also learned from Charles the arts of reticulation and re-crystallization of sterling silver, which are the foundations upon which the gold is applied.
"I often think of him as I'm working and try to summon his guidance (okay, I beg out loud!) for skills we only touched upon in training. Amazingly, there aren't any gaps. When I think hard enough (or listen hard enough?!) I find that he taught me everything I need to carry on the work. He truly left me with an amazing gift." - Shelli Kahl