I have been fascinated with glass for as long as I can remember. It has become my passion to create art glass beads that I hope people will treasure as much as I do. Over the years I have taken jewelry making classes including polymer clay techniques, metalsmithing and wireforming. I’ve spent quite a bit of time exploring Precious Metal Clay (PMC™) including becoming a Level II Certified PMC™ Artisan/Instructor.
While I was looking for different ways to utilize PMC™, I was introduced to lampwork beads in 2003. I took a local bead making class and was immediately hooked! I quickly converted the den in our house into my torching studio. It didn’t take long for my HotHead torch to be replaced by a Bobcat then a MiniCC; the propane tank was replaced with a couple of M15 oxycons and a natural gas line was installed in my studio. I love my studio as it gives me such pleasure to create in that environment.
I joined a wonderful local glass artist organization (ISLAGA) and have met lots of talented lampwork artists and forged many friendships over the years. I spent as much time as I could experimenting with different glass color combinations and soon became a frit junkie. I began creating unique frit blends that I could use to make interesting bead designs. In 2005, I started my company, Glass Diversions, where I sell my frit blends and supplies to glass artists world wide. I am always looking to discover new techniques to incorporate in my designs. I have taken numerous classes given by Andrea Guarino, Michael Barley, Jen Geldard & Kim Osibin (just to name a few) and have watched countless hours of DVDs and tutorials. I continue to practice at the torch to refine my technique and style, as well as developing and testing new frit blends. I love to learn, which is why I love lampworking: the possibilities are endless and my work is always evolving!
Now my days are spent running Glass Diversions, teaching PMC™ jewelry workshops, torching whenever possible and experimenting with ways to combine my two artistic passions, PMC™ and lampworking, to create truly unique pieces. I am truly blessed to be able to follow my dream!