Artist Statement

I have worked in many art mediums, oil and water color painting in particular, but once I started working in glass in 2006, I knew I had found a home and a voice.   I started working with stained glass and moved through kiln formed glass to kiln cast glass after taking a glass casting class at The Crucible in Oakland, CA.  My work reflects the natural world I see around me, combining my love of nature and passion for art.

Creating a glass bowl or sculpture by starting with a clay or wax model is always a journey of discovery.  My geeky side loves the physics of glass, the problem solving, and the complexity of the process.  My emotional side loves the observation and discovery of the form, the surprise at the outcome, and discovering new aspects of myself through the creative process.

I share studio #2 at The Crucible (1260 7th Street Oakland, California) with two other glass artists: Peggy Wilson and Lee Granerg.  We invite people to drop in.  The music is usually playing and the conversation with is always interesting.

During the 1970’s through mid 1990’s, I worked with a group of activist artists called Fireworks Graphics to produce silkscreen and offset posters addressing the social justice issues of the day. The Fireworks poster collective produced over 150 posters (mainly silkscreen).  Fireworks Posters are part of the Oakland Museum of California poster collection and can be seen with other social justice posters of the period at: OMCA Social Justice Poster Collection.

I attended San Jose State University and majored in Biology.  I worked at the University of California, Berkeley in many capacities and retired in 2009 ready to devote my time to glass art.