I am drawn to glass as a medium because the process is a meditative blend of science and magic. Like meditation it is a practice that demands focus, finding center, awareness of breath, and the ability to let go of every thought beyond the task at hand. My analytical brain is satisfied by the methodical building of steps, repetition, experimentation, and the required attention to detail. My aesthetic brain is satiated by the beauty of light and color in a finished piece, and the interplay of fluidity and fragility as equally important characteristics of the material.
Since 2000 I have been working in a variety of sculptural media, including metal, wood, cold cast bronze, plaster, fiber arts, mixed media and glass. In 2010 I earned my BFA in sculpture from Keene State College. I began apprenticing in glassblowing in 2013 with Bob Burch at Brandywine Glass in Putney, Vermont, and in 2016 began assisting Nick Kekic at Tsuga Studios in Chester, Vermont. In 2017 I began assisting Chris Sherwin at Sherwin Art Glass in Bellows Falls, Vermont. In 2018 I attended a cup making workshop with Granite Calimpong at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
In spring of 2019 I will be launching a new Mobile Glass Studio in association with the Cochella Valley Arts Center in Indio, California. This compact mobile furnace will allow me to bring glassblowing to street fairs, schools, parks, house parties and more--just about anywhere that can be accessed by car and has electricity.