Art is a Journey describes my studio's philosophy of using and
experimenting with different art elements to create interesting, fun
and sometimes functional artwork. My inspiration for designs comes
from the things I love – sailing, nature, paintings (like
Monet), colorful images, colorful places...
Fused glass can be subtle, elegant and often, in my artwork –
bold in color, shape, texture and design. I love color. I sometimes
create functional pieces like bowls, plates, coasters, and platters as
well as architectural pieces like sconces. I enjoy designing
one-of-a-kind art objects more then production type pieces – but
doesn't everyone. Each year I do a few multi-media pieces using glass,
different metals and found objects.
My work continuously changes and matures as I discover new methods and
skills. I use many traditional fused glass techniques but I love to
make things up as I go and in doing so, create something new and
wonderful. Of course, this reckless abandon sometimes leads to
disaster but more often then not it adds an interesting touch to my
I enjoy working deep in glass, creating pieces I feel have more depth
and texture. One of the methods I incorporate into my work is taking
glass to a very high temperature and when it is molten, combing a
design through it. I also like to do other high fires and pot melts to
craft out-of-the-ordinary designs I can use alone or in other pieces.
I use glass frit, powder and paint to create abstract designs and
sometimes to add dimension to pieces using other techniques. I
occasionally incorporate gold, silver or platinum into some of my
creations. I enjoy weaving glass stringers to construct intricate
patterns I can then use alone or in other work. I sometimes sandblast
glasswork to give it a soft delicate surface or to etch words or
designs into a piece after it is kiln-formed.
For me, fused glass is about the experience of rediscovering old
techniques, the surprise of creating new ones by accident or design
and the "a-ha" that always comes as I continue my journey of art and
discovery every time I open the kiln.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Five years as an apprentice to master
glassblower doing platinum plating, design and all cold work. Three
years working in fused glass. Two courses and one working conference
in fused glass. All courses at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.