I’m a late comer to the art world. I spent 20 years as an attorney before I stumbled into art by signing up for a fused glass class at the OSU Craft Center in 2003. I didn’t see myself as being artistic and never would have imagined that glass would become a new career path and life pursuit. I am convinced we are all creative, some discover it as children, others carry the "I'm not artistic" conviction to their graves. I see now how I was always an artist at heart and am so thankful I discovered my creative side.
I love the complexity glass presents as a medium. We buy it in sheets, frit, stringers, powder and billets in a rainbow of colors. We work it molten hot by casting, fusing, slumping, and torchwork or work it cold by cutting pieces to create stained glass or mosaics. It can be shiny or matte, transparent or opaque; easy and predictable or fickle and frustrating. The possible textures, colors, forms and techniques seem infinite. Every kiln firing offers the chance to experiment, the potential for failure and the possibility of unexpected stunning results.
I'm an experimenter at heart and as long as glass keeps surprising and challenging me, I'll keep working with it as an artist.