I have been infatuated with glass in many forms for most of my life. I start with stained glass, then moved to lampworking (beadmaking) and then fused glass – which has had my attention for 15+ years. Glass never ceases to amaze me. The myriad of ways that glass can react and be manipulated to achieve amazing results. What works one time, doesn’t another, and then what I know will be a failed test turns out beautiful. I continue to work in the technology industry where your finished product is not something tangible, so I find pleasure in using my hands to create something and touch and feel it through the process -even with the occasional glass cut!
I find myself using many different color palettes in my work, although since moving to Southport last year the colors of the beach and amazing skies are becoming more prevalent in my work. Most of my work can be created with different colors and in various sizes, only limited by the size of my kiln.
My glass pieces are all handmade and I use a variety of techniques and styles. Some pieces can take hours of cutting, assembly and preparation before going into the kiln. They can be fused multiple times, depending on the final look desired with each firing taking near 12 hours or longer. During each required firing, the glass is annealed to ensure strength and durability of the finished piece. One of my latest endeavors has been creating unique glass sheets using enamels to design small one of a kind sheets of glass, each with its own individual that make wonderful components to larger pieces or stand on their own as jewelry pieces.