I have been fascinated by the beauty and clarity of glass since
childhood. Somewhere in my late 20s, I became aware of lampworking
– hand making glass beads one by one in a torch flame as originally
done by the Europeans of old – as a revived art form and thought,
“I would like to do that!” It was another ten years
before I actually had opportunity to sit down at a torch and melt
glass for the first time, but the enchantment of that moment is
something I haven’t forgotten. Putting a piece of solidified
silica, soda, and lime compound into the superheated flame of a
torch and changing that solid material into a temporarily malleable
substance is nothing short of alchemical. Molten glass can be shaped
into nearly any large or small form, and with a nearly infinite
color palette, the creative possibilities of hot glass are virtually
I am inspired by techniques that result in an “organic”
look, making the bead appear as if it could have come from the Earth
itself. I also enjoy creating symbolic pieces that speak to our
ancient memories, with spirals holding a special appeal for me as
a symbol of our journey through life. But I cannot ignore my childhood
attraction to the sparkling and luminescent qualities of glass.
As a result, I also like working with transparent glasses and incorporating
super-sparkly dichroic glass into my work. In these pieces, I am
often reminded of the shimmer of clear water reflecting the Sun.
I enjoy experimenting with different forms, techniques, and colors,
reveling in the creative journey each session at the torch brings.
I tend to work on a small scale, making beads, miniature blown vessels,
and other wearable glass art. I feel that self-adornment is one
of the pleasures of life, and I take particular delight in creating
a beautiful art glass bead in which someone finds special meaning
and is proud to wear.
The jewelry I create is the result of my passion for nature and
the ancient world.
To take a rough stone and uncover the beauty that resides within
it, or to take a piece of ancient, broken pottery and transform
it into wearable art, honors the elements and ancestors. Melding
metals to embrace, accent, or reflect natural beauty also inspires
Rock collecting at an early age led to a study and practice in
the lapidary arts. Then, a surplus of polished stones led to an
adventure with silver and now other metals.
While reorganizing my studio, I happened across a box of
ancient Anasazi pottery sherds I had acquired during travels
in the Southwest US. While examining the broken remnants of
what were once beautiful works of pottery, I felt sadness
that they had been reduced to something less.
The incorporation of the sherds into jewelry melds the art of those
long ago potters with mine in a fusion of contrasts and textures.
I hope you enjoy my creations, and join me in honoring both the
natural and ancient worlds.