My background in glass goes back to my childhood. I was born and raised near Corning, New York, where my father, a physicist, worked for the Corning Glass Works in research and development. An early memory from my childhood is playing “hide and seek” with my brothers in the Corning Museum of Glass. This was in the nineteen fifties, when the museum was dark and quiet with infrequent visitors. After rambling amidst the museum exhibits, we would watch in amazement as the Steuben glassblowers fashioned sculptures from glowing orbs of glass.
Many years later on Murano, my family history was vital in my acceptance as a student in Italy where glassmaking is a family business. A two-year apprenticeship from 1985 – 1987 with Livio Seguso taught me to concentrate on my own relationship with glass as a unique material. In the Seguso factory, I learned how to design for production as well as the fundamentals of sculpture at the furnace.
I have received two fellowships from the Creative Glass Center in Millville, New Jersey and have completed private and public commissions. My work has been featured in numerous galleries, as well as national and international expositions, since 1979. My sculpture is included in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of American Glass, Merck & Co., Tropicana Products and Centeon Pharmaceutical as well as many private collections.
My sculpture is featured in the books; The Sculpture Reference by Arthur Williams, Women Working in Glass by Lucartha Kohler, Glass Art from Urban Glass by Richard Yelle and Art Glass Today 2 by Sandra Korinchak.