I am a Michigan native and live in Ann Arbor. I am a fused glass artist which entails working with sheets of colored glass that I cut and shape with various motifs. The glass is then heated in a large kiln to roughly 1450 degrees and remains in the kiln for approximately 24 hours. Each piece then reenters the kiln at least one more time to be formed into the final piece. I have a lifetime interest in art and have dabbled in many formats including jewelry, painting, mosaics and candle making. When I was introduced to fusing I found my passion. I have studied with several master artists and continue to challenge myself with new techniques and designs. I enjoy creating various designs but my favorites tend involve various landscapes, especially beautiful Michigan birch tree scenes. The possibilities are endless when inspired by nature.
Glass Bead Jewelry
I am drawn to a love of the natural world: rocks, plants, birds, and sea life. This interest finds expression in beads that are organic in design, color, and texture. I also am guided by a need to be organized and to be technically precise, as evidenced in beads that are more graphic in design. And always, my work is driven by my curiosity and desire to experiment and learn new techniques. Enjoy!
Pane in the Glass
I work in both mosaics and stained glass. This began about 15 years ago when I took my first mosaics course through Ann Arbor Community Education. I fell in love with it! I continued to take classes in mosaics for about five years. Then I took a beginning class in stained glass, also through Ann Arbor Community Education. Now I had two loves!
I remember coming home after the stained glass class and telling my husband I needed to set up a shop for myself in the basement. This was about eight years ago and I have been busy in that shop ever since. I enjoy designing pieces and choosing the colors and textures to match the image I’ve created in my mind. The work is creatively fulfilling, constantly challenging, and incredibly calming.
I appreciate having an outlet through which to share my work with others. It enables me to experiment with different approaches and understand how my work impacts others. As I approach retirement, ending a long career in education, I know that creating both mosaic and stained glass pieces will become an even bigger part of my life.