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All my beads are artisan crafted by me in my home studio in Alberta, Canada. Every one is unique and embraces the charm of not looking mass produced.

I started working with stained glass in 2001, branching out by adding lampworking & fusing to my glass interests in 2004. Since then, my passion has become melting glass over the torch; aka - lampworking, flameworking, beadmaking, torching. All of my beads go right from the torch (Carlisle Mini CC) to a hot kiln (Skutt GM10F) and are left there to anneal overnight. This annealing process makes certain that all my lampwork beads will offer a lifetime of strength and durability. After cooling in the kiln, they are removed from the mandrel and meticulously cleaned with a diamond bit in an electric dremel.

I am a self representing artist (#V22), which means that I belong to a group of…

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  • Born on March 18
  • Joined August 31, 2007

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All my beads are artisan crafted by me in my home studio in Alberta, Canada. Every one is unique and embraces the charm of not looking mass produced.

I started working with stained glass in 2001, branching out by adding lampworking & fusing to my glass interests in 2004. Since then, my passion has become melting glass over the torch; aka - lampworking, flameworking, beadmaking, torching. All of my beads go right from the torch (Carlisle Mini CC) to a hot kiln (Skutt GM10F) and are left there to anneal overnight. This annealing process makes certain that all my lampwork beads will offer a lifetime of strength and durability. After cooling in the kiln, they are removed from the mandrel and meticulously cleaned with a diamond bit in an electric dremel.

I am a self representing artist (#V22), which means that I belong to a group of artists who proclaim that their work is in fact, made by themselves and NOT mass produced. You will often see lampwork priced extremely low; a very good indicator that the beads or glass items are imported, made in a sweatshop, not cleaned and not annealed. Be sure to ask who the artist is. If the vendor does not know who made the beads, I would personally not purchase.

Lampworking is an ancient art form that flourished in Italy in the 1300s. The name originated due to the fact that the first glass beads were made my melting glass over oil lamps. Today, we use propane/oxygen mix torches.

As a self-representing artist, one of my greatest challenges is finding ways to bring my art form before the people who want to own it. I also try to educate my buyers about the uniqueness and quality of my work.

I am a member of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers and proud to be a member of the very first Canadian Chapter - The Fireflies of Edmonton.

I was thrilled to place 3rd with one of my beads, in a competition held at the annual Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas in 2007 and second in 2009!

I am a member of - Alberta Street Team
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