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I have long been fascinated with the many forms and shapes that allow glass to become art. Growing up in Western New York afforded access to a rich history of glass and stunning examples of the art within a day’s drive such as the Steuben Glass Works and the Corning Museum of Glass. Upstate New York is bountiful with exquisite windows and panels in homes and churches, partly due to a heritage in glass work brought to this country by experienced European craftsmen. The influence of the Usonian movement and examples of the creative work of Louis Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright glass were very accessible and have informed my work with stained glass since the mid-1970s.
My design process uses patterns and different types of stained glass to create panels, windows and other unique pieces. Next, depending on design, pieces are created by joining glass using sections of lead channels or the copper foil technique, whichever best expresses the intricacies of the design. I incorporate other objects in my work such as shells, wood, other metals and stones.
I also create fused glass projects that use the heat of a kiln to join and shape glass objects. Examples of those techniques include plates, bowls, coasters and jewelry.
I have been a member of Biltmore Lake Artists since its inception in December, 2019 and look forward to expanding my creativity through the Sand Hill Artists Collective.