I have always been drawn to glass and loved glass beads. The way light shines through glass gives it a gem-like quality and it is simply beautiful. As a scientist and geologist, I understand the science behind the beauty of glass and crystals. I started my relationship with glass in 1981 when I took my first stained glass class. I made stained glass windows on the side for over 27 years, saving every scrap of glass because someday I was going to make beads out of it! I had no understanding of COE (coefficient of expansion) or glass compatibility. I took my first glass bead class at Scarab Glassworks (Fresno, Ca) and giggled through the entire class. I was overjoyed to finally be making glass beads. After my initial class I was hooked and spent hours working on a hot head torch. After about 2 years I upgraded to a mini cc torch and my work improved dramatically. Today I work on a Carlisle Hellcat, which has the inner fire of the mini cc, which I still have in addition to a few other torches. I continue to take classes today not only to learn but also to recharge my creativity.
My father had moved our family to the San Francisco Bay Area when he got a job as a “rocket scientist” with Lockheed Missiles and Spacecraft and he was an integral part of the Hubble Space Telescope. He was a wonderful man, and his passion as a scientist as well as an accomplished driftwood artist infused me with both my science and art interests. After focusing on art in high school, I attended San Jose State University as an art student, eventually turning my focus to geology and the study of minerals. I was intrigued with minerals and the rainbow colors (birefringence) they exhibited under the microscope. I was frustrated by my inability to get into art classes so I started taking Geology classes. One day I was viewing a student art thesis display at the school and decided I was a better scientist than artist and changed my major to geology.
“I have always been drawn to glass…“
I believe working on the edge had been the biggest factor in my ability to grow as an artist. It’s my plan to take every opportunity that comes my way.