More About the Author
I have been a jeweler for over forty years and a lampwork/bead artist since 1996. I received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in metalwork and jewelry from the University of Wisconsin.
I have taught at the University of Wisconsin, Menomonie, and Iowa State University and was professor of Fine Arts at Edison Community College, Ft Myers, Florida. Locally I teach at the Cape Coral Art Studio here in Cape Coral, Florida.
I teach PMC and glass beadmaking workshops all over the US at such venues as Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Crafts. For the past 8 years, I have traveled the country as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes. In 2004 I went to Japan to teach PMC workshops in the land of its origin. I went to Australia in 2008 at the invitation of the PMC Guild of Australia and taught the wonderful Aussies in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. This January 2010 I will be in Switzerland, Austria and the UK teaching both PMC and glass beadmaking.
In addition to my metalwork I have gained an international reputation for my Lampworked glass beads and jewelry. The third edition of Contemporary Lampworking by Bandhu Dunham features my hollow core vessels on the cover. Formed of Fire by Bandhu Dunham and Cindy Jenkins' book, Beads of Glass, contain examples of my work and a how-to on hollow core vessels.
You can see my metalwork and glass work in such publications as Lapidary Journal and such venues as the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C..
"I have been an artist all my life. I can't remember when I wasn't drawing or making something. I distinctly recall drawing ballerinas in kindergarten.
Within the first week of jewelry class in college, I knew that this was where I wanted to be: designing and creating art to wear.
And when introduced to the world of lampworking, I was gleefully consumed with the drive to create small, intimate objects in glass. Manipulating hot glass is, for me, an exciting, joyful process. When I can combine my glass with my metalwork, I feel that the best of both worlds has been achieved.