Transforming a molten, 2100 degree material into an art object was truly magical. My first experience with glass was over 30 years ago at Kent State University when I “accidentally” took a glass blowing class. The first time I gathered glass on to a blow pipe, I knew this was what I was going to do with my life.
After graduating from Kent State, I set up my own glass studio and participated in area craft shows. When Steinert Glass School opened, I started working and teaching there. Currently, I am working at Akron Glass Works.
The glass objects I am currently making are individually styled vases, bowls, goblets, paperweights, pumpkins, marbles and an occasional sculpture. I try to decorate each piece as if it were a painting. The background color is applied with frit and powder, middle ground with filigree, dichroic glass, millifiori and hot embellishments for the foreground. All the vessels are finished with a hot lip wrap.