years of experience in the precise science of structural engineering,
I discovered my passion for jewelry design in 2002 and began lampworking
just one year later. I was immediately captivated by the torch and
began sellling my jewelry at shows and events around Columbus, Ohio.
I eventually expanded to art festivals all over Ohio and will now
be traveling to select venues in other midwest states.
I enjoy the challenge of finding new ways to transform simple rods
of colored glass into unique and original lampwork jewelry so that
no two creations are the same. To me this is the marriage of art
and science ~ the art of drawing on glass with glass in the flame
of a propane and oxygen torch. Each lampwork bead is individually
created in my home studio in Powell, Ohio. My creations are featured
in pendants, bracelets, necklaces and earrings and are also available
in sets for others to share in the creation of one of a kind jewelry
In addition to my own hands-on explorations, a handful of gifted
artists have provided me with invaluable knowledge and inspiration.
In September of 2004, I traveled to Colorado to study bead making
with Corina Tettinger, a prominent bead maker and author. In 2005
I attended a class with well-respected wirework expert Connie Fox,
who offered instruction not only in jewelry construction but in
color selection and balance as well. In 2006 I studied with Stephanie
Sersich and Lisa Niven Kelly, learning both of their unique jewelry
styles in fiber and wirework, respectively. Melanie Moertel, a German lampworker, taught several classes in Florida in October 2009 and I was fortunate to have been in attendance.
With this knowledge and my own creative vision, I design using many
techniques such as wireworking, knotted fiber, and simply strung.
I use only the finest quality materials including precious metals
which are accented with sterling silver, crystal, and other unique
beads. I believe in exceptional quality and distinctive design,
and I create every piece to reflect these highest of standards.