Current work by this artist - click on an image for a larger photo with more details.
After working in textiles for many years, my first introduction to art glass was through stained glass. In 2004 I discovered fused glass and since then have been totally hooked! My first kiln “Artemis” now feels like a dear friend and she has been joined by “Aphrodite” and “Persephone” each kiln having a special use and it’s own quirks. Over the years I have studied and taught with some amazing glass artists in Canada and the US and have been humbled and inspired by glass artists from around the world.
My husband Lody and I lived in the Salmon Arm area from 1991 to 2017, when we decided to move to Vancouver Island, where we have both set up new studios, his for music mine for glass. Although it was difficult to leave the beautiful Shuswap Lake we have been overjoyed to experience the Salish Sea which offers up an ever changing and entirely different visual experience.
The technique I use in creating pieces is know as ‘warm glass’. Although there are times when I work with glass at 1700F in an open kiln, most of my work is created from flat and powdered glass and the kilns are the method of fusing and forming. Many pieces are fired multiple times, to degrees varying from 1250F to 1650F depending on the intended effect. Each piece is finished by employing a variety of cold working equipment such wet saws, wet belt sanders, grinders, and sand blasting.
I enjoy interacting with each piece with its unique personality and quirks reminding me to be present. Opening
the kiln feels like a fresh snow or a warm balmy wind, even a storm sometimes and holds the promise
of delight or disappointment.
My work has appeared in a variety of galleries and art shows and it is my great pleasure to be part of the
wonderful Gallery Odin in Silver Star, BC Canada.
2014 - “Peak Year II” - 10 Artists Exhibition - Celebrating the Salmon Run Salmon Arm Public Gallery
2014 - “Elements In Fusion” - Solo Exhibition - Salmon Arm Public Gallery
2014 - “Lake Country Art Walk” - Juried Group Exhibition
2013 - “White Lights Studio Tour & Exhibition” - Shuswap District Arts Council 2012 - Salmon Arm Public Gallery - Group Exhibition
2012 - “Playing With Fire” - Group Exhibition
2011 - North Okanagan Artists Guild - Show & Sale
2011 - “Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts” - Sorrento, BC
2010 - “White Lights Studio Tour & Exhibition” - Shuswap District Arts Council 2010 - North Okanagan Artisans Guild - Show & Sale
2009 - North Okanagan Artisans Guild - Show & Sale
2007 - Salmon Arm Public Gallery - Christmas Exhibition & Sale
2006 - Salmon Arm Public Gallery - Affordable Art Show
2005 - Salmon Arm Public Gallery - Best of the Season Show
Gallery Odin - Silver Star Mountain, Vernon, BC
Fireweed Art Studio & Gallery -Scotch Creek, BC
Lisa Figueroa Art Gallery - Salmon Arm, BC
Salmon Arm Public Art Gallery - P ermanent Co!ection - Salmon Arm, BC
Fused Glass Courses & Workshops & Teaching
2016 - “Creating Dimension” - Paul Messink, Portland, OR
2016 - Vitrigraph Marinne - Nathan Sandberg, Richland, OR
2015 - Sonoran Glass School Teaching Pattern Bar Technique - Tucson, AZ 2014 - “Zen Organico” - Miguel Unson, Portland, OR
2013 - “Advanced Fusing Techniques” Patty Gray- Portland, OR
2011 - “Fusing Extravaganza” -Richard LaLonde,Whidbey Island, WA
2011 - Teaching Assistant, to Richard LaLonde, Whidbey Island, WA 2007 - Fusing
2007 - Fusing Glass Intensive, Brock Craig Vancouver, BC
2005 - Fusing - Flame - Forming, Alan Mark-Cross, Victoria BC
Memberships & A liations
Glass Art Society
Museum of Glass - Tacoma WA
North Okanagan Artists Guild
Glass Art Association of Canada
David Suzuki Foundation
Society of Canadian Artist
Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery Vertigo
Oregon Glass Guild
Partners In The Horn of Africa