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I have always been a "maker" of things. When I was 8 years old, my father took my family to Murano, an island off the coast of Italy. We toured the famous glass factories and I marveled at the masters working their craft. "I want to try that someday," I announced. My parents chuckled and left it at that. But I never forgot the fluid movement of the glass and the depth of its colors.
Growing up, I tried all kinds of art and crafts: from copper enameling to silversmithing, from ceramics to painting and photography. I eventually pursued a career in graphic design and advertising, working in New York City. As I watched the industry go digital, in the back of my mind I always longed for a hands on art I could enjoy.
After my children were born and settled in school, I needed to nurture my artistic energies again. I explored many crafts and somehow found my way to the art of glass flameworking. When I first tried it, I realized that this was what I had admired in Murano many years back. I found working with hot molten glass mesmerizing. I felt like I had come home.
The glass beads in my jewelry are hand flameworked by me at a torch using traditional Murano "lampworking" or flameworking techniques. My beads are made with soda-lime glass, fully kiln annealed for strength and durability. All metal work and bead weaving are done by hand in my studio.