My glass education kicked off in 2003 with a month long visit to Bullseye Glass Factory in Portland, Oregon. I came home with an advanced glass education, some of which took years to put into practical use. Over the first two years, I worked very hard, by myself, trying to find my voice in glass. I developed some wonderful torch techniques for fused and hot glass.
In 2005, the Murino Exhibit came to Charlotte’s Mint Museum. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when, there in a piece created in 1919, was the best technique that I had ‘invented.’ From that moment on, my thirst for knowledge of glass has yet to be quenched. The online website, Warmglass.com gave me access to fused glass workers around the globe. I am able to collaborate with experienced glass artists, without ever meeting them in person.
In 2006, famed Glass Sculptor, Milon Townsend told me I would have to educate my audience about my medium. If it had not been for his statement, I doubt I would have ever tried teaching or speaking about glass. I love speaking, and found both Carolinas thirsty for education about anything glass. As a teacher, I learn something from every student who visits my studio. I am amazed by their use of my materials, and challenged to facilitate their visions. I openly share my entire knowledge of glass, online and in my studio, and the return has been immeasurable.
Glass technology advances daily, as modern man strives to replace lost technology from glass produced in China, 3000 years BC. Being part of a growing, evolving art medium makes me the happiest person I know. I get to work, teach, share, and learn about glass, everyday.