You need to be logged in to upload Media or to create Album.
Click HERE to login.
Oops !! There's no media found for the request !!
About Our Art
My fascination with glass beads started in the mid 90’s. I began visiting local bead shops and trade shows purchasing any unusual glass beads that I could find and turning them into unique pieces of jewelry. I seemed to be drawn to the bold colors. I started selling my pieces to friends and at local high school craft shows. By the late 90’s it seemed that everyone was buying beads and making jewelry. I wanted to be different and stand apart from everyone else. With the encouragement of close friends, I enrolled in a four week glass bead making class. After the first class I was hooked – I did not want to leave the studio. There were opportunities during the week to come back to the studio and practice making beads and I spent every available moment there. I used the time to experiment with different colors and techniques. I found working with molten glass so mesmerizing that I decided that I wanted to purchase my own torch and kiln so that I could work from home whenever I had time. I have had the opportunity to attend glass bead making seminars with internationally known bead makers to learn new techniques.
When purchasing my own equipment I decided that I would purchase a kiln large enough that would allow me the opportunity to work with other types of glass. While taking my bead classes I observed students fusing glass and I decided to take a stab at that. I first bought some scrap pieces and began experimenting with small fused pins and pendants. I was particularly partial to dichroic glass because of the bright colors. The small pins and pendants turned into small dishes which then turned into large plates. I also liked experimenting by incorporating pieces of fine silver to my fused pieces.
Whether I am flame-working or fusing, the possibilities when working with glass are endless.