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Artist Statement

The desire to bring about the color found in watercolors with the brilliance and shine of glass, has lead me to be a Lampwork Glass Bead Maker.  While I found that working with watercolors produced the desired effect of color, it soon lost that fresh or wet look.  I switched to making jewelry from various metals.  While this satisfied the creative side of me, I was soon to realize that this media lacked the color that was important to me. 

It is with this combination of joining metal, glass and fire that I have now accomplished my goal.  I have been able to achieve a balance of delicate color with the strength, yet elegant design of metal, into a wearable piece of art.

 

 

Professional Experience

Thirty-eight years as a Secondary School Art Instructor with Warren Consolidated Schools, Warren, MI.  Primary emphasis on instructing 9th through 12th grade students in beginning and advanced art programs.

  • Developed and implemented Warren Mott High School Computer Art/Commercial Art program
  • Submit students work to the annual Macomb, St.Clair, Lapeer County Scholastic Art Program which had lead to four national award winners
  • Founded Lampwork Art program to students of Mott High School Art program
  • Showcase student art work in display areas though out the school district
  • Studied with Lampwork Artists Mari Johnson, Sharon Peters, Heather Thrimlett, Kim Fields and Stephanie Sersich

 

 

Educational Achievements

Eastern Michigan University                Bachelor of Art Education
Eastern Michigan University                Masters Degree
Oakland University                             Additional Teaching Certification

 

 

Professional Achievements

Two pieces of my Lampwork art have been published in 1000 GLASS BEADS  by Lark Books, 2004 EDITION

 

One piece of my  Lampwork art was published  in 500 EARRINGS by Lark Books,  2007 EDITION

 

One piece of my Lampwork Jewelry was in the Convergence 1 Competition 2009 between Bead & Button Magazine and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers

 

One piece of Lampwork and metal jewelry made it into 2009 Jewelry + Objects by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild and won the Bighton Beads Award

 

One piece of my jewelry was in the ISGB competition Convergence 2 and traveled to Japan, to the Japanese Bead Museum

 

A pair on my earring was chosen by Lark Books for their 2012 Lark Studio Series-Earrings

 

4 necklaces were chosen to be published in the 2012 book 500 Beaded Jewelry

 

2 pieces have made Finalist in 2014 Bead Dreams sponsored by Bead and Button Magazine

 

 

 

 

Work shown at the ISGB Convention Portland, Oregon, 2004

Personal work was shown for sale at the following galleries;

MT CLEMENS ART CENTER
BURNING BEAD STUDIO
RUBINI GALLERY
MULLALY’S 128
MT. CLEMENS, MI
BERKLEY, MI
BENZONIA, MI
ELK RAPIDS, MI

 

Current Galleries

        Firebrick Gallery and Pottery Studio - Rochester, MI

        Ariana Gallery - Royal Oak

 

 

Awards and Organizations

Patron of the Arts Award - Macomb Arts Council

International Society of Glass Bead Makers

MAEA/NAEA

MEA/NEA

Mt. Clemens Art Fair, 2004 Honorable Mention Award

Delphi Glass Competition
        2nd place jewelry category 2002
        1st place jewelry category 2004

Shelby Art Fair 2006, 3rd Place

CONVERGENCE - Contemporary Jewelry Design with Art Glass Beads 09

Jewelry & Objects  09 - Michigan Silversmiths Guild semi-annual show

Convergence 2  2010 winner - ISGB Competition

Finalist in 2012 ISGB show "INDELIBLE" 
Collaboration with Terri Dworkin

 

 

Show Participation Since 2001

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair/the Guild
        ANN ARBOR,MI
Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair
        ANN ARBOR, MI
Common Ground Sanctuarty Art In the Park
        BIRMINGHAM, MI
Charlevoix Art and Craft Show Craft Show
        CHARLEVOIX, MI
Grosse Pointe Art Fair
        GROSSE POINTE, MI
Art In the Park
        HUNTINGTON WOODS, MI
Levis Commons Art Fair
        PERRYSBURG, OHIO
Orchard Lake Art Fair
        ORCHARD LAKE, MI
Mt Clemens Art Fair
        MT CLEMENS, MI
Northfield Hills Art on the Lake
        TROY, MI
Rochester Arts & Apples
         ROCHESTER, MI
Sugarloaf Art Fair
         NOVI, MI
Troy High Elf Shelf
        TROY, MI
Lutheran North High School Heart to Hands
        MACOMB, MI
West Bloomfield Art Fair
        WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI
Royal Oak Art Fair
        ROYAL OAK, MI
Royal Oak Clay and Glass Fair
        ROYAL OAK, MI
Rochester Village Art Fair
        ROCHESTER, MI
Crocker Park Art Fair
        WESTLAKE, OH
Crosby Art Fair
        BOTANICAL GARDENS TOLEDO, OH
Art in the Woods
        TRAVERSE CITY, MI

 

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