I was first introduced to glassblowing way back in my college years, when I saw a college professor creating his huge colorful signature pieces on the roof of the art house at Centre College in 1988. I was hooked, immediately.
Every chance I had while at Centre, I took a glassblowing class. I don’t know that anyone would have ever considered me artistic growing up, but for whatever reason, this was one artistic medium that I fell in love with.
After college, having graduated with a Psychology degree, and not really wanting to go back to school for a graduate degree, I opened by own studio, FireFly Glass, in Crestwood, KY. Looking back, I realize now that I wasn’t nearly as proficient as I should have been to open my own studio, but going to work in front of a furnace every day is a great way to learn.
It didn’t take long to pick up the intricacies of working by yourself in a hot glass studio, and I really enjoyed pushing my own limits and discovering what I could create on my own, without relying on anyone else’s help or assistance.
In my early to mid-30’s, I put my artistic ambitions on hold to spend more time at home with my young children, getting them to and from school and all of their assorted activities. But in 2017, those young children both went off to college, and it was no longer as important for me to be serving as PTA President or carpool coordinator!
With a little more free time on my hands, I decided the time was right to get back into the studio. Having moved to Texas in 2017, that meant that I was looking for a Houston glassblowing studio in which I would be able to (hopefully) rediscover some old skills from 15 years earlier. And I found one.
About once a week, sometimes more, sometimes less, I return to the studio and produce a very limited number of art glass pieces. At this point, given the laboriousness of my preferred creations, that means one piece a week!
The pictures I have included here are all from the same bowl that I was recently practicing with, but may give you an idea of the different steps necessary to achieve the desired effect for each bowl or vase in my current series of work, which is somewhat murrine focused.
Every so often, I will return to this page with updates and some new pictures of work. At this point, I am not selling through my website, but rather a few galleries in town and with a few friends and contacts from my previous life as a glass blower in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
As my production catches up, and I have a few extra pieces that need to find their forever home with an art fan, I will make sure to link to galleries carrying my work.