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Inside me there is an indescribable need to be creative; it seeps from my soul.
I work independently in my home studio, soaking up every spare moment to design and develop new creations; my hands continually engaged in a variety of mediums. My goal is to handcraft a beautiful, quality product each and every time I go to work. I do so by keeping in mind that my talent is gift and that I need to do justice with this gift I have been given.
As a young student, art class was my all-time favorite. In high school I couldn't wait to take ceramics, painting, and drawing; I filled my parents' home with many pieces of pottery and painted furniture. In college I took art classes for all my electives and looked forward to each and every one of them.

When my children came along I loved decorating their bedrooms, crocheting baby blankets, and sewing baby quilts for…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 15
  • Joined November 9, 2008

Favorite materials

Copper, Brass, Sterling Silver, and glass of all kinds

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About

Inside me there is an indescribable need to be creative; it seeps from my soul.
I work independently in my home studio, soaking up every spare moment to design and develop new creations; my hands continually engaged in a variety of mediums. My goal is to handcraft a beautiful, quality product each and every time I go to work. I do so by keeping in mind that my talent is gift and that I need to do justice with this gift I have been given.
As a young student, art class was my all-time favorite. In high school I couldn't wait to take ceramics, painting, and drawing; I filled my parents' home with many pieces of pottery and painted furniture. In college I took art classes for all my electives and looked forward to each and every one of them.

When my children came along I loved decorating their bedrooms, crocheting baby blankets, and sewing baby quilts for them. I also enjoyed making their birthday cakes -- designs included Elmo and Cookie Monster and also a Monster High doll for my granddaughter.

As empty-nesters, my husband and I moved to Colorado. There I met a wonderful glass artist who also taught classes. I took her stained-glass and glass-fusing classes. Inspired by the beautiful colors found in glass, I found a new love and started to build stain glass windows and fusing glass cabochons to turn into jewelry. I was convinced glass would be my "go to" medium forever, but a short time later, I craved more. I wanted to somehow introduce metal to glass; I wanted to marry the two mediums.

I longed to try my hand at shaping and forming metal, but didn't have the proper tools. I couldn't bring myself to ask my husband to support yet another craft, so while we were on a business trip I told him I was going to the casino to win the money I needed to buy my metalsmith tools. With luck on my side, I won enough to get started. Since then I have focused on learning this craft, and I'm having the time of my life! I continue to develop my own style and techniques. To this day I have not taken a metal class, but I watch a lot of YouTube tutorials and have purchased plenty of "how to" books.

I have been married to my high school sweetheart for more than 35 years, and it's been a crazy ride! We married right out of school and then both returned to college after raising our four children. My husband, Rick, is now a successful CEO at our local, small-town hospital. I originally finished my education in nursing and then returned to school two years later to earn my degree in human services. I tried working outside the home, but it just didn't suit me. So, after all these years raising children, getting educated, and working outside the home, I have finally figured out that staying at home, caring for those I love, and working with my art every day is really where my heart is and always has been.

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