Merrilee Harrigan took her first fused glass class in 2003 and was immediately hooked on the beauty and creative process of glassmaking. She initially focused on glass jewelry, and in 2008 expanded her work to include larger pieces. She studied fused glass at Vitrum Studio, Bullseye Glass and the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo, and recently added silver to her fused glass art. She is currently a Studio Artist at the Art Glass Center at Glen Echo. Merrilee found that her glass art added a life-affirming balance to her long time career in environmental education; she lives her values by using solar panels to power her home studio.