“I first fell in love with glass in 1980, when I took a two-hour class on how to make a leaded glass picture frame. For the next twenty-four years, I expressed my love of color and light by making stained glass pieces of all sorts. As I look back over my work, I can see that I had a passion for nature and an appreciation of interesting textures. You could identify my work from the rocks, shells, and bits of pottery that I incorporated into them.
In 2004, I took my first fused glass class. From the first hour I knew I had found my medium. I was drawn to fused glass by the depth and complexity that were possible by building layers of glass into translucent images of amazing emotional power.
Since that first fused glass experience my shop has become a studio and my time is spent creating complex glass landscapes and statements. Some of my pieces are set into reclaimed window frames. These frames are designed to be hung, put into a table frame or displayed on stands.
My work ranges from realistic snowy woods scenes to abstract pieces of urban energy. One of the most exciting aspects of my art is the collaboration of working with artists in other mediums such as metal, photography and fabric. It allows me to explore the limits of my art.
Working with glass brings together science and discovery. Every piece created is exciting and represents new learning. Pushing the limits of this medium continues to challenge and interest me. When I open the kiln after a fuse, the anticipation is like a young child’s eagerness at Christmas – the wonder of it all.”