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.
On the Advisory Board of Beads of Courage TM
Member of Santa Barbara Art Association
Member of International Society of Beadmakers
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.