I began making beads in 2000, after making one-of-a-kind apparel using methods from fibers and surface design. The transition from fiber to glass was seamless, as my passion for color, texture and shape was easily fulfilled with glass as a medium.
Always seeking to keep my work fresh, I continue to add to my techniques.
A class reignited my interest in copper enameling which led to experimenting and ultimately launched my new work with metal and glass.
All of my pieces are one of a kind, and the signature elements of my designs include many layers of glass and metals and the inclusion of murrinis (cross sections of patterned glass canes) and other decorations.
I am an active member of the Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers, The International Society of Glass Beadmakers, Sonoran Arts League, Arizona Designer Craftsman and the Phoenix East Valley Beaders.
My work has been published in the winter issues and the 2014 cover of The Flow Magazine, 2014 cover of theSonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills catalog, the first featured cover artist of Artisan Jewelry TimesJanuary 2015 and Soda Lime TimesMarch 2016 cover and tutorial.
Using my hands creatively brings my ideas to life, which I find exciting. Learning and exploring new processes to layer on existing skills gives me an opportunity to realize new depth in my work. Sometimes my hands guide the work, and at other times my hands are reacting to the media, helping me learn new ways to present my ideas through my work.