Glass Artist — Wilsonville, Oregon
I grew up in the Industrial Ceramic Industry in California. My father developed clay slip and porcelain formulas for industrial use. Corning fell in love with his formula as did doll-makers. I learned to make glazes from glass and various mediums and took classes where I was not only the only kid, I was the only women. I am back to my original roots and opening a kiln again and seeing what comes out is like Christmas on a weekly basis. My only regret is that my father could see me now, he would be so proud!
I combine torch work, glass powder, glass pieces, and glass paint to create 5-9 layer pieces. I still do some bead work but lately I have been making more elements to embed in glass. I do extensive custom work and I am well known for my flower beads and “duck” beads, as I am a diehard Oregon Duck alumni. I have a vitrigraph kiln and create much of my own cane.
For my fused work, I will often start with photos. I use several layered techniques and I am always surprised when the kill opens. Working with glass is fun and challenging and also allows me to harness my abundance of energy in a creative way.
Oregon Glass Guild Open Studios: November 14th & 15th (depending on pandemic)