I am the oldest of five siblings born in 1981 to the loving parents of Bob and Linda Wheeler. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio I was surrounded by glass history, both artistic and industrial. My introduction to hot glass were annual school field trips to Libby Glass Factory and Sauder’s Farms. I watched these skilled gaffers in amazement as they effortlessly transformed the hot molten material into beautiful objects. Seeing those fascinating demonstrations stuck with me, I started seeking out more glass studios. Cedar Point, Greenfield Village, and the Toledo Botanical Gardens were all studios that I started visiting to learn more about this medium.
My first time touching hot glass was in the spring of 2000 when I enrolled into an introductory class at the Toledo Museum of Art. After that first dip in the furnace I was hooked and wanting more. From that point on, I knew, that studying and working with glass was going to be one wild journey that I never wanted to end.
That following fall I enrolled at Bowling Green State University to pursue my bachelor of fine arts degree, focusing in glass art. Unknowingly I was in the presence of the best mentor that I ever had the opportunity to study under. Robert “Bud” Hurlstone had created a nurturing learning environment that promoted the lifelong study of glass. Teaching his students that glass is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life. After graduating in 2004 I started working at productions studios as an assistant across the country.
Currently, I am living and studying in the British Virgin Islands running a waste driven, "trash to treasures" glass studio. My interests lay in the new developing Eco-friendly, energy efficient aspects of hot glass production. It is deeply important to me, future generations of artists, and mother earth. As an artist, I am responsible to reshape the way we produce our art in a more environmentally responsible way. This wild ride of glass will only continue if we take care of our studio-Mother Earth.