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My glass journey started out in 1998 with a Stained glass class that was given to me by the love of my life, and husband Mark Young. I took a class with a very gifted artist named Debbie Foreman. Not only did she teach me how to create some wonderful windows using all the colors of the rainbow but she also created the glass addicted monster that I have become.

One day I went to one of my local stained glass supplier to sift through the wonderful assortments of new glass that had just come in. Upon wondering around, I glanced at the cover of a book that had a really cute and amusing hippo glass bead on the cover.

Most people, who know me well, know of my other obsession and that’s my collection of hundreds of various hippo items. Of course, that’s a very long story best told another time…

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  • Born on February 19
  • Joined May 3, 2009

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My glass journey started out in 1998 with a Stained glass class that was given to me by the love of my life, and husband Mark Young. I took a class with a very gifted artist named Debbie Foreman. Not only did she teach me how to create some wonderful windows using all the colors of the rainbow but she also created the glass addicted monster that I have become.

One day I went to one of my local stained glass supplier to sift through the wonderful assortments of new glass that had just come in. Upon wondering around, I glanced at the cover of a book that had a really cute and amusing hippo glass bead on the cover.

Most people, who know me well, know of my other obsession and that’s my collection of hundreds of various hippo items. Of course, that’s a very long story best told another time.



I was in awe of this little hippo bead. I had no idea that Glass beads were actually made by hand, let alone the process that it took to make them. The book was by Cindy Jenkins and the bead way by Loren Stump. After talking to the glass shop owner about the bead, she told me that she has a class that she teaches on a torch called a “hot head” and that I could learn to make my own hippo beads. I was thrilled to say the least. In 2003 I signed up for my first Lampworking class and a pyro was born!



I still have not tried to duplicate that hippo bead on the cover of Cindy’s book, but I have had the opportunity to make other hippo beads as well as expand my creativity in other wonderful beads and various glass items using the torch.



I have also had the wonderful opportunity to study from some of the best Lampwork artist out there. Some of whom include, Tink Martin, Jennifer Geldard, Brad Pearson, Brent (Mr. Smiley), Becky Mason, Rocio Bearer, Leah Fairbanks, Michael Barley, Lori Robbins and a few others I am sure I am forgetting. I have made many great friends who I will always treasure in my heart. I am a part of a Lampworking community that has expanded my knowledge of working on the torch even further.

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