About Me

In 2003, not long after discovering handmade art glass beads, I entered the world of lampworking and never looked back. I took a beginners class at a local bead store, and was completely hooked with the first light of the torch. I love everything about it….the creative outlet, the artistic fulfillment, the chemistry…everything!

About the same time, our daughter decided it was time to leave the nest, and unknowingly donated her room for my studio. My husband was a bit skeptical when I told him that I wanted to plumb natural gas into the room, and purchase oxygen and a torch! Three weeks later the transformation took place. I spent the next few months setting up the studio, and the next two years reading books, practicing dots, stringer control and shaping, trying various techniques and trying new things.

I then discovered that I love making organic focal beads. With nature as my inspiration, I strive for a soft, elegant organic style in my beads by using blended flowing transparent colors to achieve depth, cubic zirconia, dichro, fine silver, copper and murrini. A secondary process of copper electroforming, using leaves from my yard, is often incorporated into the bead design.

I have been fortunate enough to take classes with some of the finest instructors including Michael Barley, Andrea Guarino-Slemmons, Trey Cornette, J.C. Herrell, Cynthia Tilker, Kim Fields and Brent Graber.

I am co-owner of Indy Flame Art Glass Studio and have recently started teaching lampworking, sandblasting, electroforming and lapidary cold work classes.  I am an active member and past President of the Indiana Society of Lampwork and Art Glass Artists (ISLAGA), and a member of the ISGB and the Indiana Bead Society (IBS).

I feel very honored that my glass beads and jewelry have juried into the Indiana Artisan program, and now carry the Indiana Artisan logo.

I feel that lampworking is one of the many blessings in my life, as are the many friendships I have made along the way.