Waveland , Ms, United States
Inspiration for my work starts with beautiful colors in the glass that comes into the studio. I am inspired by the beach, the flow of the tides, the Pelicans, fish, the sunrises and sun sets that all play off the gulf coast waters; my environment surrounds me.
I find that my artist eye studies the many mysteries of our world and my art often takes a humous spin on some of our everyday creatures.
In my jewelry, I use beautiful glass as the basis for my pieces and I use Sterling silver and freshwater pearls. I feel life is too short to wear fake pearls.
Skills and Techniques
Fused glass requires a knowledge of the glass itself and its properties and the use of kilns. My glass is taken to the temperature of 1460 degrees for a full fuse and many pieces require multiple firings and procedures. I like working with tools, in my shop you will find a saw made for cutting glass, a diamond core grinder, Dremmels with diamond bits, diamond files, glass cutters, nippers, and pliers for cutting glass by hand.
Fused glass is a very tactile experience and the direct relationship between the artist and the glass is a very personal one.