About Me

I was born in Washington DC and have lived in Maryland all of my life. I've been all over the state including Hyattsville, Lanham, Kent Island, the mountains of Hancock, Annapolis and finally Harwood where I live with my husband, Eric. He is so supportive of my "hobby" creating frames, displays, tools, and whatever else I ask for. He has also been so tolerant as his tools have slowly migrated from his toolbox in the garage to my basement studio. Thank you Babe!

In my career I was a computer systems admin for 18 years. I started at the Naval Academy after High School and eventually left the government and went to private industry. I spent the last 16 years of my career at General Motors and went from a systems admin role to a computer systems network engineering role supporting GM networks globally. I am now retired and am thrilled to be able to have glass to keep me sane and active.

I have always been a crafter. When I found glass in 2005, my search for a medium was over. There are so many things you can do with glass that I will never be bored. I got started in glass because I wanted to add some privacy to the sidelights on either side of my front door. I visited my local library and borrowed everything they had on working with glass. This was before YouTube. I decided that the Tiffany, copper-foil method of stained glass was the route I would go. I bought myself the basic tools for less than $100; including a glass cutter, a roll of copper foil, flux and solder, some scrap glass from my local glass shop, found a used grinder on eBay and borrowed a soldering Iron from my husband. I picked a pattern that was all straight lines and jumped right in. I made my first piece! The next day I sat back down and made the same piece again using more coordinated colors. I was amazed how much I had improved. I was hooked.

After about 8 months of working in stained glass I found myself thinking about the other things I could make with glass. I have had a passion for Dichroic glass jewelry for many years and have collected many beautiful pieces. I picked up my first piece in Aruba back in 1995. I had never seen anything like it and to this day I get compliments and questions every time I wear it. I headed back to the library and began study the books on fusing glass. After working on my own for a couple of months, I signed up for some basic fusing classes to understand the science behind it all and see what I might learn that I hadn’t in my books and through my own experimentation. I've since taken many fusing classes and still only scratched the surface.

Since that first little kiln I've purchased 3 others. There is SO MUCH to learn and so many ways to create amazing art from glass. I LOVE GLASS in all it’s forms, and hope I will be able to work with it for the rest of my days.

In addition to sharing photos of my work here on this website, I post photos and events to my FireLight Art Glass Facebook page. I'm a full-time vendor at the Anne Arundel County Farmers Market participating in the Saturday morning market from April-December, 7am-noon. I'm a member of the Muddy Creek Artists Guild and participate in Spring and Holiday art shows put on by a wonderful group of local artists who work in all different media types. I also participate in a few more local art shows each year. Check out my show schedule tab here for more details.

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