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About the Artist
I begin my studio day with a specific goal. Invariably, I run across glass that inspires me in a different direction. For example, I was cutting the edge of a large sheet of glass. Two of the edges are irregular and rolled which I used to consider unusable. I got the idea to instead trim the edges, cut to a size to use in one of my slumping molds, and face the irregular shapes to the center, creating an organic-shaped negative space. I then filled that space with frit for a striking color accent. I will soon apply this technique to pendant designs. Another example is when I experiment with different materials combinations. I often use several metallic-coated glass layers in my designs. My favorite outcome was when I layered a dichroic piece on a larger iridescent layer. The irid layer, after fusing, took on a “stretchy” look, as though it was stretched from the firing. I continue to explore this winning combination.
Going off on a tangent from my goals used to worry me. Now I joyfully embrace these tangents as my creative process. My current focus is the 'whimsical elegance' of color and light, inspired by impressionism. Fused glass layers reveal multiple personalities through the angle, light, and background in which they are viewed. My translucent work, I feel, is the most expressive as it morphs in reaction to dark and light backgrounds, where the more intensely colorful opaque pieces have a luminous quality that many find mesmerizing. The collection named "lost & found" began as a very happy accident - I dropped and broke a piece of dichroic glass. Not wanting to waste the expensive material, I used the pieces but offset them slightly to allow the pattern no not-quite align. The result allowed the striking lower layer to peek through and gave added interest to the piece. I now intentionally cut as well as break glass for variations on this theme. Many of my pieces demonstrate a technique I call ‘deckled edge’ where I use a mosaic trimmer to create uneven and irregular edges, creating a unique shape. Lives and works in Kensington, MD.