My name is Sheri, I live in Yorkville, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago). I am a proud mother of three girls and very happy wife of a long time. We are a dog loving family and have 2 little dogs right now. They too are girls.(my poor husband)
As far back as I can remember, I enjoyed “crafting” things. Until recently though, I didn’t realize the title of “Artist” was actually what I was. I began in little girl type “crafts” then graduated to woodworking, and painting, (holiday items were always a big hit) Beading, and jewelry making.
My favorite medium right now is glass. I began in fusing, mainly to figure out how to make the pendants we were buying from someone else to sell in our gift shop. I fell in love with the ability to manipulate hot glass.
I still fuse quite often, I enjoy making odd shapes that can’t be cut in a traditional way. I had the “urge” to learn to make more 3-dimensional items with the glass, and took a lamp-working class at TLD Design Center in Westmont Illinois. I learned the basic skills for glass bead-making. I LOVE it!! I knew then that I could do a lot in fusing with my lampwork pieces, so I took another class at Blue Fire Beads in New Lenox, IL. I learned how to make glass items off mandrel (no hole for stringing). Now I am incorporating my 3-D items into my fusing.
I recently took another class at Blue Fire Beads on PMC with DebKauz. Oh my goodness!! Now I have something else to incorporate with my glass!!!
Hopefully I won’t find anything new soon to take up much of my time. I am quite happy where I am.