ArtGlass Santa Barbara

- OPEN AT NEW LOCATION - Email me for class times and location -


While a student at the Art Institute of Chicago, I had the opportunity to work in a variety of art mediums. For more than 25 years I have been creating artglass.  Initially, I made very large, custom-designed, stained glass windows on commission for clients throughout the United States.  In 1997 I began making fused glass pieces creating signature pieces of unrivaled artistic quality.  I design glass jewelry and  use small beads to embellish clothing. Currently I focus on lampwork, making glass beads in a torch. I have a teaching studio in Santa Barbara, CA where I teach beadmaking and fusing.


My first experience with molten glass was at Disneyland when I was 7 years old.  I saw a man melting glass and designing ships and flowers.  I was mesmerized.  How could glass melt?  Glass is hard and brittle, not flowing and pliable.  This was my first experience with my love of glass.

I was published in Bead and Button, January 2010, Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads.  I collaborated with a seed bead artist and we were one of 20 artists to get published in the magazine.  The necklace was donated to International Society of Beads and was auctioned off as a fund raiser for several hundred dollars.

My introduction to Beads of Courage in 2004, was after my niece passed away from a childhood cancer.  About six months later I met Jean Baruch and I was one of the early bead donators.  We have stayed in touch and over the years and my students have donated many thousands of lampworked glass beads.  I am very proud to have been Inducted into The Hall of Fame for Beads of Courage in 2013. 


Web Design and Photography by Diana Musacchio