My Flamework glass pieces, both simple and sculptural, fit together into bold geometric jewelry. I melt colored glass rods with a torch, winding and reforming the glass into thin discs and botanical shapes. This work results in wearable, yet exciting pieces made out of a seemingly fragile material.
In an integrated life, all experience and knowledge combine to flower in new and unexpected ways. I hold degrees in History and City Planning, but have forsaken those disciplines for the art form flameworking, specifically glass beadmaking.
I have studied with Mike Mangiafico, Bronwyn Heilman, Kate Fowle Meleney, and Barbara Becker Simon, among others. I am a full member of the Pittsburgh Craftsmen’s Guild, and the president of the Three Rivers Glass Beadmakers, a chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).
My work has been exhibited in numerous juried shows, from Pittsburgh to Kobe, Japan. I have presented at the annual Gathering of the ISGB and taught glass flameworking at Snow Farm, the New England Craft School.