So many of my earliest childhood memories involve me building something. Not sure why, but I have always liked putting things together. My mother says, when I was little, I even used to make forts out of Tupperware containers and toilet paper packs - true story.
As a kid I was always encouraged to explore and create. I knitted, cross-stitched, plastic canvased, polymer clayed, baked, dollhoused, and woodworked. I always had a project in the works, or an idea waiting for the next available moment. A parent was always there too, to bring me to the store to get those few essential crafting
supplies we didn't already have in the house.
However as I got older, I found myself foregoing crafting opportunities, for what I felt I was "supposed" to be doing instead. Somewhere along the line I had just stopped giving myself credit for the one thing that consistently brought me joy throughout my early life. It took years but eventually it dawned on me what was missing in my life and I realized this one small but significant truth...I had always been, and still was a craftsman plain and simple.
And so, with this new awareness, I now faced the task of deciding what to do next. There was one artform that had always seemed just out of reach, and that was stained glass. To be honest, I never thought it was something I could actually do. The fact is it seemed quite dangerous and scary just thinking about broken glass and molten lead. Well I'm stubborn, and finally decided to do some research and learned how to work with glass and lead safely. And no sooner had I run the first score, I was hooked!
Well we've caught up to the present, and I've been working with glass now since 2004. One of the things that really appeals to me about stained glass, is that the fabrication techniques haven't changed all that much over the centuries, and so when I'm creating a piece, I feel a bit of a connection to that history. Being interested in the sculptural aspect of woodcarving, I have recently taken up kiln-formed (fused) glass construction as well. With fused glass, I really like the technical challenge of trying to produce a visually pleasing and quality piece from something as unpredictable as melting glass.
Over the past few years I have worked with many techniques on projects of all sizes, including the copper foil method, lead came construction, mosaics, lamp construction, lead-free work, three-dimensional, along with many types of fused, and my house needless to say, is full. At that time I had been getting several cues from people suggesting I sell some of my pieces; Can't say I didn't have the same thoughts myself on occasion. And being someone who has learned to pay attention to life's little nudges, I'm very excited to now be able to offer some of my creations for sale, and to be able to share my exploration of glass with all of you!