After graduating from college with a degree in art education Marcia Cook began working as an apprentice in a jewelry trade-shop in Seattle. For two years she studied and learned the discipline of gold-jewelry fabrication and became the second woman in Seattle to earn a journeyman's card.
In 1998, long-time friend Casey McBride invited Marcia to join his staff at Taiya River Jewelry in Skagway, Alaska. She has been crafting Alaska-themed jewelry for Taiya River ever since. Though she mostly works with 18k gold set with unusual stones and pearls Marcia specializes in 22k gold. She is inspired by all types of fabulous jewelry and studies her extensive collection of jewelry history books as a personal challenge to raise the level of her art. She has great respect for the craftsmanship of ancient jewelers as their work has survived the ages. She hopes her work will do the same.