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 now work out of my home studio, which has five torch stations where I teach all levels of lampworking classes...beginners to advanced. Metal smithing classes are also offered.
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 and jewelry design are two of the many blessings in my life, as are the many friendships I have made along the way.