About Robin

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!

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2 responses to “About Robin

  1. Robin, I can’t see the picture at the bottom. Glad you’re here with us! Welcome!

  2. Thanks Deb, I’m thrilled to be a part of the group.

    Robin

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