I am very grateful to have found something I am passionate about. Glass grabs my attention, and holds it. To be able to express myself through glass has positively changed me and the way I view and live life. I feel extremely blessed that I was able to start working with glass at a young age. It’s hard to imagine where I would be without it.
While I had experimented with glass in school, through making mosaics, I had never really heard of glassblowing on a torch until I started lampworking in 2006, apprenticing under Amir. He showed me the basics, like how to make a mushroom bead, gave me all the tools and glass I needed, and taught me anything else I needed to know. I know, more than lucky, right?
After experimenting with glass for a few months, I was offered the opportunity to attend and work at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. I re-stained Dale Chihuly’s wood cabin for a week, but I mostly worked in the kitchen along with other glass artists, and we cooked for the entire school. What an an awesome experience! In my free time I watched the master glass artists there sculpt, blow, and stretch the boundaries of glass. I left there inspired, and my mind was opened to the endless possibilities of this medium. I highly recommend Pilchuck to anyone with an interest in glassworking.
Glass flower and anemone pendants are definitely one of my favorite things to make. I love making all of our glass designs. I love the repetition of the work. I can let my mind can go to wherever it needs or wants to go. When I feel the stresses of life start to take hold, I know I have not been spending enough time on the torch.
Working with glass in the flame is challenging. It has taught me patience and perseverance and many other life lessons. It is a way for me to spiritually release my energy and physically manipulate it in the flame.
Selling our glass on the internet has been a fun challenge. I especially enjoy sending our glass jewelry around the world, and connecting with customers who love and appreciate glass as much as we do. We dream of traveling with our art, showing and selling it as we go...wherever we want!
When I am not working on the torch, taking pictures of our work, or shipping packages, I enjoy being in nature. I love the smells, the visions, the sounds, and the peace it brings. I love all forms music like experimental, a little hip hop, and reggae. I like unique clothing and boots a little too much. I like roughing up our dog, Shadow. I’m interested in world history, culture, travel, and all the different forms of religion. To relax, I enjoy camping out in nature and meeting new friends at festivals. I recently started hula hooping but haven’t progressed much. It is hanging on my elliptical machine, where I also haven’t progressed much :)
I hope my glass can create a positive influence. When I look at my glass it makes me feel really happy and I hope others feel that when they see it, wear it, and touch it.
I encourage everyone to find and pursue their passion and express themselves creatively.
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