At 23, I was asked to help a fellow glassblower with a big stained glass window commission for a church. For this project I learned the copper foil method used in stained glass to connect shapes together with solder. My task was to cut out and wrap hundreds of small white glass shapes that made up the Angel’s wings. Then last summer, on a trip to Germany, I went out hiking and collected flowers. I pressed them in some art books. Once they were dry, I cut 2 pieces of sheet glass or mirror and added the flowers in between. I use this same technique to create these one of a kind flower window pendants. They will be soldered and have a hanging loop at the top to be displayed in a window or on the wall. As I feel with all objects that I find and incorporate into my work, these flowers remind me of a specific experience. They are a memory, a record of time– fragile and precious. I add 24 kt gold leaf and fine silver to add further value to the beauty and impermanence of nature.
These will drop into my ETSY shop as soon as they are finished. Flower Power!
Over the past year, I have developed a process resulting in a unique line of handmade jewelry and a feature in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine. This is a short how-to article I wrote about the idea, process, supplies and tips that I use to create lava and glass objects. Follow the link to see more! Hot Glass & Stone
Presenting Art Fair on the Water…
I will be showing a 63 piece installation of “Promise” in this unique venue on the water in Ft. Lauderdale. *Tickets are still available to attend the show* This event is not to be missed, please share with your friends.
This August, I am spending 3 weeks assisting a friend at a school called Bild Werk in Frauenau, Germany. This class is led by Anne Petters and is entitled Hot Printing. We are using flat plaster and silica molds, carving away material and filling the negative spaces with glass powder. The entire mold is then covered with clear frit and fused in a kiln. Some students are choosing to form or slump these pieces in a second firing, others are bring the flat mold up to forming temperature and manipulating the print hot using tweezers. Plenty of safety gear is involved and has made for some funny pictures. The class is having a great time and this village and facility are so wonderful. I look forward to continuing to work with this technique when I return home and hope to come back again someday! Below is an example of my work using this technique. Better pictures to come…
This is the first class that I will be teaching at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, FL this fall. Stay tuned for the updates that will be available this summer. This pendant is also a new addition to my Etsy Shop.
Glass, Found Object, 24kt Gold Leaf, Antique Brass, Copper,
I am very excited to partner with Renee Foosaner Art Center (Florida Institute of Technology) and Hospice of St. Francis to use my skills and glass knowledge to help teens move through grief.
Borosilicate Glass, Found Objects, 24 kt Gold Leaf
Wall Installation Sculpture
Event Link to the show at Fat Arts Village, Ft. Lauderdale