My original designs are mainly constructed in the copper foil method of stained glass, also known as Tiffany style. Each piece of glass is cut, ground, then wrapped with a copper foil tape. The solder adheres to the copper foil and that’s how the piece is held together.
My styles range from geometric to abstract incorporating materials not usually found in stained glass art such as geode slices, mineral specimens, vintage glass jewels and thrift store finds. Select pieces are embellished with hand formed copper wire, etching, copper foil overlays and/or decorative soldering touches that adds texture. The panels are usually finished with either brass, copper or zinc metal came and in select pieces, I have a unique process of “sculpting” the came that encases the finished piece in a way that becomes part of the design, not just the supporting structure.
I moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina from Michigan in 1983. I grew up doing all kinds of arts & crafts and was drawn to a stained glass class offered through a local college in 1990 and immediately became addicted to its endless possibilities. In 1996 I was juried into the Southern Highland Craft Guild and in 2005 began offering stained glass classes in Hendersonville, NC, then in 2009 teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown, NC.
I love working with the rich jewel tones as well as the heavily textured clear glasses. I’m like a kid in a candy shop when selecting glass! I especially enjoy working with clients to develop original, one-of-a-kind design possibilities for specific sites, sometimes starting with only a concept or idea. I still pinch myself because I can’t believe that this is what I get to do for a living… playing with sharp glass!
I consider my work as “Jewelry for your windows.”