I got the glass bug in 1994 hanging out with some friends in the hot shop at Tyler School of Art. Since then, my career path has been a winding one, working as a glassblower, blacksmith, industrial designer, project manager, studio technician, teacher and currently co-founder of a glass furnace manufacturing company in Americus, GA. Through all the different avenues (and tens of thousands of miles) I have traveled, glass has always been a presence, calling me back when I stray too far away.
For me, glass is more about the experience than it is about the finished objects. I find that hot glass is a powerful medium for connecting with others as well as overcoming personal challenges. I find immense joy seeing the excitement when someone first plays with hot glass. I savor the dance of the public demonstration, drawing spectators into our spontaneous creativity. I love witnessing a student overcome and embrace the harsh lessons of non-attachment. Glass is therapeutic on many levels and can offer some intense life lessons if you pay attention.