2001, my Mother came to stay with me as she did every winter and
announced that I needed a hobby. It was fun humoring her since we
went through all types of hobbies, including, candle making, beading,
soaps, bath salts, etc. Unfortunately, nothing really stuck or interested
Then, like a flash, inspiration hit me while one day walking through
a department store with my Mother. I saw IT! I saw a small mosaic
table that I really liked. However, I felt the piece was way too
expensive and was unwilling to expend my hard earned cash. After,
mulling over my decision and analyzing the piece, I decided “I
can do that!” So, my new “hobby” was born. I started
doing mosaic art pieces and I found that working with mosaics felt
very natural. I also realized that this “hobby” could
begin the process of nourishing and expanding my creative soul.
I previously thought that my creative abilities were like an empty
field, but when these creative seeds were planted, my soul started
to bloom. From this point, I started a journey of self-discovery
and found characteristics within me which I didn’t know existed.
The turning point came when I had laid out what seemed to be a random
pattern of tiles on a piece of wood, only to have my husband, who
was a skilled and professional artist, move some of the tiles. I
was surprised that my reaction was fierce and immediate, since I
got very upset with him for changing my design. From that point
on, I realized something had changed. I began blossoming as an artist
in my own right.
I moved from using purchased tile pieces for projects to designing
and creating my own individual mosaic tile pieces to then experimenting
with glass. During each phase of transition, I found I learned and
liked each step of my artistic journey.
I find glass, versus tile, is easier to work with for my artistic
vision. My completed glass art pieces are lighter weight, which
I found was even more appealing to my growing customer base. Their
enthusiasm and mine for my growing artistic craft, gave my finished
pieces more flexibility. While working with the glass for the mosaics,
I came across the use of fused glass and was mesmerized. Currently,
I am loving my projects using fusible glass and the creativity they
inspire from deep within myself. This love of my craft inspired
me to take advanced classes and buy several kilns, which is how
I became the passionate glass artist I am today.
Until this point, I had never known what it felt like to have a
real passion for an artistic craft. To say I love working with the
glass would be an understatement. Opening the kiln to a new piece
is like unwrapping a new present every time. It is exciting to see
what I created in my mind and initial design, transform into one
beautiful piece of artwork.
find now that I get my inspiration from every aspect of life. Since
I have started working with fused glass, nothing I look at is out
of bounds. Someone may step on an elevator and I notice the pattern
on their shirt or I could walk into a room and notice the pattern
in the carpet. Everywhere I look, I find something to inspire me.
My inspiration also comes as I lay down and let my mind drift just
before falling asleep, when all the problems of the day fade away
and my mind can be creative and free.
As I continue to progress with my work, two things always come
to my mind – art and function. I want everything I do to be
beautiful enough to display but also sturdy enough to be functional.
I want the customer to smile when they buy it and still be smiling
when they look at it ten years later. I like to make things a bit
more edgy, fun and contemporary, making what I do very unique. And
I have a promise to myself and every one of my customers that I
will never mass produce anything I create. The uniqueness of each
piece is also part of the fun.