My glassworking studio sits at the edge of a woods of redbud, oak, beech, pine and dogwood trees in rural Orange County, North Carolina.
My appreciation of the interplay of light, color and pattern inspires my flameworked glass beads and jewelry. Flameworking (also known as lampworking) begins with the raw materials of glass rods and the heat of a propane/oxygen fueled torch. After gradually introducing the cold glass to the hot flame, the molten glass is melted and wound around a thin steel mandrel. The art of making glass beads is in the proper balance of heat and cool, gravity and movement.
Experimenting with surprising color combinations, I strive to create unusual and unique designs with the glass. My beads are sometimes geometric and patterned, sometimes fluid and organic - but always playful in color and design. I allow the finished beads to inspire the creation of my jewelry.
I spent the first part of my professional life in the academic world as a university professor. Always keeping one foot in the world of visual arts, I made the shift to full-time artistic work in 2004. I studied color theory, black & white photography, drawing, watercolor painting, and printmaking in the Continuing Studies Program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. I have also taken courses in botanical drawing, botanical watercolor, and botanical drawing in colored pencil at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art in Minneapolis.
My training in glasswork includes classes in fusing and flameworking with Malcolm Potek, borosilicate glasswork with Doni Hatz, and advanced flameworking techniques with Andrea Guarino-Slemmons, Amy Johnson, Kate Fowle Meleney, Stephanie Sersich, and Kara van Wyk. I am a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and of the Orange County Artist's Guild. Currently, you can find my beads at The Original Ornament in Carrboro, NC, and my jewelry at The North Carolina Crafts Gallery and at Nested, both in Carrboro, and the Sales Gallery at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art in Greensboro, NC.
Photos of my glass beads, buttons and jewelry can be found on my gallery pages. Beads, buttons and jewelry currently for sale can be found at Buy. To find out what's new around the studio - upcoming classes, upcoming shows, or other news - click on What's New.