I have spent much of my professional career as a graphic Illustrator and later, as a Test Engineer. However, my personal time was always spent in the pursuit of art. In 2012, I discovered fused glass, and these seemingly divergent paths intersected. My love of glass, realistic style, and years of testing experience led me to challenge many long held beliefs about Pate’ de Verre.
Living in Colorado, I find it natural to try to capture the beauty of our local landscape into works of art using glass. During the past year, I have experimented extensively with glass powders, developing a unique method of sculpting glass paste into dimensional forms that are fired without the use of molds. My experience as a Test Engineer has proved invaluable in shaping the discipline necessary for the methodical, detailed testing required to create the complex firing schedules for this method, which must account for shrinkage, varying thicknesses, and the way in which heat affects individual components. It is my pleasure to share this technique through teaching other artists, as well as through the display and sale of the resulting sculptures.
The first group in my Bones series, “Bones-Group”, was accepted as a finalist in Bullseye’s Emerge 2018 competition. I work and reside in Buena Vista, Colorado, and teach my technique, “A Non-Traditional Approach to Pate’ de Verre”, in workshops in the US and Europe.