I first became fascinated by hand blown and lampwork glass art in 1995. I was living in Portland, Oregon at the time and the lampwork glass scene was still very young. I started seeing a few artists at the Portland Saturday Market making lampwork glass beads and other hand blown glass items. The medium intrigued me like no other art form ever had before and I started thinking about learning how to do it myself. After all, I’m not the first person in my family to make a livelihood from hot glass. My grandfather spent his life working as a foreman at Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York where borosilicate glass was invented.
I asked around but couldn’t find anyone to show me how to work with borosilicate glass. Then in 1996 on a trip to Asheville, North Carolina a lampwork bead artist showed me how to make a few soft glass beads on her torch. I was hooked! Not long after that, during a visit to Aukland, one of New Zealand’s foremost glass artists Peter Viesnik spent an afternoon teaching me to make glass beads in his studio. I had a growing feeling that it wouldn’t be long until I would really start learning how to lampwork but wasn’t sure how it would happen.
When I returned to Portland, Oregon from New Zealand, I discovered that one of my best friends had just learned how to blow glass a few months earlier. He showed me the basics he had learned and we shared a studio for a few months as we experimented and learned from each other. After 6 months of lampworking, I moved to Maui and it was on that beautiful island that my individual style as a lampwork artist was born.
I currently make my home in the city of Bend, Oregon where I enjoy all the opportunities this area provides to enjoy both nature and art. When I’m not creating lampwork glass art I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, skiing and playing guitar.