About my glass art
Glassblowing. I use a gas and oxygen fuelled torch to soften glass rods and then using traditional glass blowing tools I inflate the softened glass to create handblown glass jewellery and sculptures.
Handmade ‘lampwork’ glass beads. I create glass beads by using a gas fueled torch to melt glass rods and wind the molten glass onto steel rods to form beads. The beads are shaped with simple tools and hand movements. They are then kiln annealed (cooled) for durability.
Workshops. I offer hot glass workshops for people wishing to learn how to make their own glass beads and sculptures.
Mosaics. I also use small glass pieces to create glass mosaics sculptures and panels which can be viewed at the Studio.
Beadweaving. I use traditional and contemporary needle and thread techniques to weave tiny glass beads (seed beads) into beaded ‘fabric’ and shapes which I then make into jewelry and other items. I have a growing list of awards for my beadweaving.
Beading patterns and classes. I design beadart patterns and offer classes for beginning to advanced beaders who want to create their own beadart.
My home on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria (Australia) is on the traditional lands of the Wathaurong peoples. I respectfully acknowledge that the Aboriginal people of Australia are our first nation peoples and the traditional owners and custodians that watch over the lands and waters in which I create and play.
Like us, glass come in all colours shapes and sizes. When glass is combined with traditional and contemporary techniques from diverse cultures the infinite diversity of possibilities it offers for creating beautiful and unique handcrafted, one-of-a-kind objects in our world has captivated me.
I am captivated by creating glass work that wows with difference, plays with pattern, calls with colour, sings a story or sparkles with bling. I am captivated by the lines of flight that playing with glass in all its diverse forms allows me and by the deep connections to glass artists past and present, near and far that it offers.
My workshops are my way of keeping those connections alive and growing new ones.
Member of OrganisationsBead Society of Victoria
Beaders Guild of Geelong
Geelong Sculptors Group
Festival of Glass (committee member)