Now back in Minnesota after stints in Oregon and New Mexico, I have had a life-long interest in art and design. My first hands-on experience with fused glass was in 2002 while living in the heavily glass-focused Portland, Oregon, area, and my intended hobby very quickly became a passion. My joy in the medium comes primarily from playing with the iridescence and transparency of glass and often I incorporate copper – as foil, mesh or wire – and occasionally brass into my pieces. The metals interact with the glass in unpredictable ways, which just adds to the fun. About that shiny fetish I have: I love to use clear iridescent glass rather than plain clear glass to top off many of my designs, in order to make pieces that really pop. In the past couple of years, I have been experimenting more with textures, including river rock and ripple looks.
My work ranges from smaller functional pieces to larger pieces for display. Most of my designs tend toward the abstract contemporary, with an Asian sensibility. My glass has been shown in galleries located in Oregon, Washington, California, New Mexico and Florida.
Many of my designs work well in different colors of glass to fit a particular décor or can be translated into other available shapes. In addition, I welcome commissions (choose colors, sizes and shapes). I have painted Chinese characters specially for clients, including family names.
Because the glass pieces are created by hand, each one is unique and there will be variations from piece to piece. All serving pieces are food-safe and can be cleaned in the dishwasher, although hand washing is recommended; not for use in oven or microwave.
In addition to fusing glass, I continue my career as a business writer, mostly collaborating with graphic designers to create corporate brochures and web site copy. A lifetime ago, I was a physical therapist and worked in both hospital and nursing home settings.