I have studied art since I was a little kid, and continued with it to earn a B.F.A. in Fiber Art from the University of Washington in 1985. I’ve been self-employed since 1981 as an artist/craftsperson, designing and making banners, hand-painted clothing, and in 1992 I learned to make glass beads. In those days it was difficult to find a lampworking class, and the people who taught were still just figuring out the techniques. In 1996 I took my first class from Loren Stump and learned about making murrine, a technique that has held my interest to this day. Since then, I’ve taken his classes several more times, and I’ve also studied with artists like Emilio Santini, Lucio Bubacco, Iwao Matsushima, and I learned how to paint on glass from Cappy Thompson. My work is on display in the Kobe Lampwork Museum in Kobe, Japan, and in 2007 I participated as a demonstrator at the Lampwork Festival there. In 2002 I gave a lecture about murrine in Santa Fe at the Bead Expo, and at the Northwest Bead Society. My work has been published in Cindy Jenkins’ book, “Making Glass Beads” in 1997 and in her book “Beads of Glass, the Art and the Artists” in 2003; in “1000 Glass Beads”, 2004, and in “Beading for the Soul” in 2005.

I love working with glass because it is a perfect medium for expression through color and light, and its permanence creates a sense of wonder and responsibility to create objects of beauty that will outlive us all. Glass beads have been around for over 4,000 years. I stand in awe of the glass work made by people in ancient times, especially the mosaics made by the Alexandrian glass-workers in the Roman Period. I’m inspired to recreate their designs, as well as to create new designs that reflect our world today. I look to nature for ideas, especially the forests and oceans and all the creatures within them. I also draw on my background in Fiber Art to use patterns as surface design in glass, such as the stripes of a shell, the veins of a leaf, or the symmetry of a flower petal.

I love beads because you can wear them and take them with you wherever you go, and people of all cultures can relate to them. Glass is pure magic, and I’m honored to have the chance to work and play with it. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some great glass artists. To watch a true master at work is both extremely humbling and inspiring, because with glass you never can know it all. It is always a challenge, and that keeps it interesting. The magical nature of glass reflects the mysteries of life.

 

 

 

 

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