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Artist Statement

I have been deeply moved by the transformation, connection and magic that occurs when separate materials are brought together to form an integrated whole. This theme is central to my work with mosaics, mosaic jewelry, and glass fusion.   Many times, my work will incorporate all three together.

Each project begins by gathering materials, such as different sizes and shapes of glass, ceramic tiles, semi-precious stones, charms, beads, buttons, and smaller found objects.  Assembly then begins with placement of color, patterns, and texture into the designed project.  The result may be in the form of a piece of mosaic jewelry, a representation of a bird’s feather or other life form, some visual movement like flowing water, or an abstract landscape design.  Always my focus is on harmony and integration of materials.

If the artwork is only made using glass, I fire it in a glass kiln where more transformation takes place through the application of heat.  The heat is what fuses or melts the glass layers together.  Different degrees of heat can alter the glass surface textures from dimensional to completely smooth, and also bend the glass into shapes.  The higher the heat, the smoother the glass.  In addition, glass can also be either opaque meaning that one can’t see through it, or transparent meaning that one can see through it.  It is not only amazing but exciting to witness how a fired glass piece can transform its visual appearance simply by changing its light source.  Some transparent colors can dissolve and become clear, or transition into a blaze of full-blown intensity.  

Artistic work for me is a metaphor for living a satisfying, balanced, and harmonious life. To live this way, it is important to explore the elements that work and fit together, discard or transform what doesn’t, and keep going deeper, ever changing, and discovering.  It is my hope that my artistic creations telegraph and inspire that sense of depth, harmony, and balance.