Glass is my passion! I make glass beads by melting rods of Italian glass in a torch which is fired with oxygen and propane. My role is to coax the glass into shapes to form beads, all the while respecting the flow of the glass and its properties. The glass and I are equal partners in this creative process. I combine my art glass beads with my wirework to create one of a kind jewelry.
The wonder of it all for me is that glass beadmaking is both art and science. My color journey began with exploring color, design and texture using textiles. Glass allows me to continue that exploration and adds a dash of science to the mix. The colors in glass come from their metal content. Each behaves differently in the heat and reacts differently to the mix of the oxygen and propane. Using colors is combining metals in heat. The possibilities are endless and always exciting.
My work seems to fall into two categories - whimsical and dramatic. Although these seem to be diametrically opposed to each other, I am inspired to make them both. My big bulky-looking hollow baubles are whimsical, fun and challenging, requiring attention to detail and technique. The raku pieces and leaves represent my more serious side.
What will come next? I’m open to the journey and will follow the flow of the glass.
2001 Glass beadmaking with Corina Tettinger 2002 Glass beadmaking with Kate Fowle Meleney 2004 Advanced Wire Work - William Holland Lapidary School
2007 Cahoon Museum Tree-mendous Exhibit
2009 Art Buzz Collection 2009 - Published
Juried Group Exhibitions:
2006 Guyer Barn Harbor Your Arts Show
2007 Cahoon Museum - Tree-mendous Exhibit
2008 The Gallery at Twenty Pearl
2009 Bristol Art Museum – Looking at Glass Exhibit
2009 Pen and Brush - New York City
Harbor Your Arts - Artist in Residence
Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen
Artisan’s Guild of Cape Cod
William Holland Lapidary School
Cahoon Museum of American Art Workshop
Sandwich Community School
Falmouth Night School
Fire and Wire Studio