What attracted me to glass was how it could be used to capture and transmit light. For years I was more an observer than a participant to the mystery that surrounded glass, other than the customary usage of its presence in everyday life. Through a fortunate accident, I entered the world of stained glass and began to discover its qualities, charms and seductions. Early on in this world, I overheard a conversation about melted glass, a mystery that pulled me strongly. When I had the opportunity to enter into this new way of looking at and working with glass, I thought this would be an adjunct to my stained glass work. Yet, over time this has become my primary focus of glasswork.
The desire for clean lines and geometric patterns influences many of my pieces, likely based on my exposure to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. His use of lines to give a sense of a permeable boundary, and the way his patterns combine complexity and simplicity at the same time, have influenced a good portion of my work. As a result, I am always looking to use patterns in different ways, from employing strips of different coloured glass in my pieces, to the application of powders through various ‘meshes’ onto the glass. Interspersed with this, I am frequently drawn to the more organic nature of glass, where I explore the use of softer lines and patterns more reflective of natural elements.
Whether a simple plate, an abstract bowl, or a glass sculpture, there is always something new to learn about glass. And the community who works with glass seems determined to throw back the thousands of years of secrecy so that daily learning is fostered and supported. This community sharing fits with who I am and keeps me curious and motivated. For this reason, I am very open to anyone who visits this site, to reach me by email to share a glass story or technique, to describe a project they are working on, to have a discussion about something new when it comes to glass. I am truly a novice in this field, which I believe will be true, given the mysteries of glass, for many years to come.