For many of those years I worked exclusively in the Stained Glass world not only producing numerous pieces for sale through local art shows, but also teaching in the field when I was living in New Jersey. A full size reproduction of a Frank Lloyd Wright window for my own home sat at the very top of my bucket list for many years and, when completed, I considered it among the highlights of my works to date. But it left me still wanting more.
After moving to North Carolina in 2007, I turned my attention to glass fusing and have set about studying and perfecting a variety of techniques, determined to learn as much as I could about all the intricacies of how glass behaves in a kiln. I’ve been fortunate enough to have studied with some of the more notable names in the warm glass world, including Brad Walker who has authored several books in the field, Alicia Lomne who is widely regarded as one of the experts in the field of Pate deVerre, Jody Danner Walker who has pioneered her own distinct version of that called ‘Pate deVerre Sucre’,and Marty Kremer, an innovator and pioneer in new techniques.
What I love the most is experimenting in glass and I often spend as much time testing new processes in my home studio or working on combining multiple techniques, as I do producing pieces for sale. While many artists use simple sheets of cut glass to craft their pieces, I will also incorporate glass in many other forms such as crushed glass, glass powders, and very fine filaments of glass known as stringers just to achieve a unique look. After many years of working in technology in the field of higher education, I now work full time as a glass artist and could not be happier. Much of the inspiration for my pieces comes from simple observation of nature and an eye toward replicating in glass things I might see anywhere.
Always with an eye toward color and texture as I work on my pieces, my goal is always to produce works of glass art that can be considered truly one-of- a-kind, and will cause someone to wonder ‘How did he do that?’ whenever they see my work.