work has an organic and simplistic design,
emphasized by color and shape.
for similarities to exist between my glass and the beauty within the
I wish for my
glass to recall
memories of a setting sun in a brilliant pink hue, the tumultuous night
right before a storm or the waves swirling and crashing onto the
hope my customers will interpret their own
personal memories to find a piece of glass that speaks to them on a
and meaningful level.
a glass technique called fusing;
I can create a beautiful array of glass art. Fusing
involves cutting compatible glass into
various shapes and
arranging it in stacked layers which are then fired in a special kiln
reaches temperatures of 1500 degrees. During
the firing process the glass undergoes a slow
a solid to a soft liquid.
temperature in the kiln climbs, the layers of glass slowly start to
together to form one single layer and the edges soften and round out.
glass is finished, the kiln is turned off and I wait, very patiently,
for it to
slowly cool, or “kiln-anneal”; this adds strength
durability to the glass.
The glass is then
removed from the kiln, cleaned
and the new glass gems, or “cabochons”, can now be
make a variety of
glass jewelry and home décor pieces.
create my line of slumped glass plates,
I first fuse a tile using the process described above. After
the tile has cooled completely, it is
re-loaded into the kiln and arranged over a ceramic mold coated with
(to aid in release).
The kiln is then
re-fired to a temperature of 1250 degrees and the glass gently slumps,
the shape of the mold, resulting in a variety of glass plates and
variety of materials can be used to add
color and shine to my work.
One of the
most popular materials is a special type of glass called
glass is coated with a special
multi-chromium plating which results in a color-shift when light
This glass comes
in a variety of
color-shifts in both a solid form and patterned design. When
light dances across it, it sparkles and
shines; it is synonymous with fused
glass: it provides a
“wow” factor. I
also use a
special kind of dichroic decal
material called Dicro Slide.
material can be cut with scissors to create any design you can
material is then applied using
decal application and fired onto or into the glass. The
resulting piece features the cut-out
design and the color-shift properties of dichroic glass.
collection of work is created
using a fusible photo paper.
material, I can fire any photograph or image onto the glass. Using
this unique fusible paper and a special
laser jet printer, I am able to create custom decals which are then
the glass before firing using a basic decal application process. The
image fires to a sepia tone and is
I use this
material to create
pieces and wish plates with the customer’s own photographs.
I am a
proud graduate of Kent State University's glass program. I
each piece of my one-of-a-kind glass in my home studio in Cleveland,
Ohio. My work is constantly evolving as I crave new knowledge
exploration in glass. I love sharing my talents through
classes and introducing others to the amazing medium of glass.
currently teach classes at a variety of northeast Ohio art centers and