my history with glass
In 1971, at a street fair in Long Beach California, I met a glass artist who created beautiful windchimes and suncatchers made entirely of recycled wine bottles, bits of reclaimed stained glass, driftwood, and other found objects. A few years later, I took some classes in Stained Glass at a local high school. Thus began my fascination with creating things from glass.
Fused glass is my main focus now - a wide array of recycled wine bottles, corks, labels, and driftwood from Lake Ontario. I also work with commercially produced stained glass, copper foil, and solder, in the "Tiffany" method, as well as designing, cutting, and fusing Spectrum (made in the USA) art glass, manufactured specifically for fusing at controlled, high-temperature schedules in a glass kiln. In the spring of 2012 I embarked on a journey of exploration and collaboration with Metal Artist Kathy Kosel. A weekend workshop at Corning Glass Works recently presented new avenues of (glass) fusing, layering, and torch/flame working.