As an artist it has taken me a lifetime to find myself. I’ve dabbled in many mediums; nothing seemed to fulfill my desire to create. One faithful day, I was introduced to a torch and long slender rods of glass…glass in all the colors of the rainbow and more! It was that moment I began to associate myself with the world of lampworking. I read and studied and came back to the same torch as often as my time would allow. I melted glass and watched as the glow of the gather touched something inside me.
Lampworking has allowed me to create jewelry; bringing together various metal clays, steel, silver and found objects. Each new technique I learn inspires me to find a way to make it my own. What was once an unknown world to me has now become the path to my creative venture. Lampworking has helped me find the authentic artist within myself.
2014 Bead & Button, Bead Dreams Finalist "Two-Part Bangle" Metal Clay
2014 Bead & Button, Bead Dreams Finalist "Desert Delight Necklace" Lampwork
2014 Glass Bead Artist, Arizona Bead Featured in "1000 Beads Book" by Kristina Logan
2014 Cover Artist, Metal Clay Artist, Annual Mixed Media Issue - glass and metal clay
2013 Cover Artist, Hidden in the Hills, "Arizona Inspiration"
2013 Glass Bead Evolution, Vol. 1, issue 1; "Guided Tour"
2013 Cover Artist Metal Clay Artist, "Arizona Inspiration"
2013 July ISGB Gathering Presenter "Experimentation with Metal Clay & Glass"
2013 July ISGB Gathering Instructor
2013 June Bead & Button Instructor
2013 April Glass Craft Expo, First Place; "Arizona Dreams"
2013 April Glass Craft Expo Instructor
2012 "Arizona Dreaming" ISGB" Indelible" Exhibit
2012 Arizona Bead, ISGB's "3x2" Exhibit
2012 1st Place & Best of Show, "Arizona Dreaming"
2012 Juried Artist, Milwaukee Bead and Button Show
2011 Elected ISGB SW Regional Director
2011 Bead & Buttons “Bead Dreams”
2011 Pismo Bead Invitational, Denver Colorado
2011 Kate McKinnon’s “Glitterganza” San Diego Participant with “Mélange Set”
2011 Received ISGB Gathering Scholarship,
2011 Flow Magazine, Woman in Glass
2011 Juried Artist, Milwaukee Bead and Button Show
2011 Juried Artist, “Metal Clay Calendar” by Holly Gage
2010 Juried Artist, “Small Works Exhibit”
2010 Metal Clay Today, 1st Place Mixed Media for “The Gate”
2010 Juried Artist, “Metal Clay Calendar” by Holly Gage
2010 Finalist Art Clay “Silver Accessories”
2009 “The Award of Excellence for an Over Seas Artist” in the Annual Art Clay “Silver Accessories” contest
2009 Fire Mountain Gems, 1st Place
2005 Certified Rio Grand Instructor