I'm Shilo, I love to create! My two passions in life are glass and clay. I've lampworked for 15 years, blown glass for 6 years and thrown pottery for 13 years. Currently I am a fulltime glassblower/flameworker at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
I remember well the first time I saw a man making glass beads with a torch at the Old Market in Omaha, NE. Mesmerized by his work, I immediately got my own bead making kit and began what would become a lifelong love affair with glass.
Raised in Kearney, Neb., I studied glassblowing and ceramics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, majoring in studio art; focusing on glassblowing and ceramics. The glass and clay by themselves inspire me and the process of creating is what interests me. Being able to make something that everyone likes out of nothing is pretty cool. Working with glass and clay help keep me centered, not only in the studio, but in life as well. When I get to open an annealer or a kiln, that feeling always reminds me of Christmas morning. You never quite know what you are going to get. That feeling is something I've learned to love sharing with others. When you get to see someone's eyes light up for the first time. It's pretty cool watching them discover the awesomeness of glass!