Artist Statement

As long as I can remember I have been an Artist, at least in my own mind. I have always had this passion to create through some form of medium and I have tried them all. Glass fascinates me and seems to be the only medium that I do not get bored with and never seem to be able to master. This makes it a challenge, which keeps me constantly learning. I have been making glass beads, completely by hand, for 15 years now and continue to practice, practice, and practice everyday.  There is always something new and exciting to learn and create. There are new techniques, new glass and colors, and every time I sit at the torch it is an adventure that I cannot describe.

I discovered glass beads while taking a jewelry fabrication class. I was looking for tools on the internet and stumbled across some glass beads that were so intriguing that I began to look at all the glass bead available. I began to think that learning to make them myself would be a great challenge and that they would combine beautifully with my silversmithing. I found a class to take and took off to the mountains for a week of intensive training in the art of lampworking. I knew this was something I could do forever so I purchased everything I needed to come home and set up a small studio. I have been passionate about hot glass ever since and consider it therapy as well as an art form.