Blown Glass/Fused Glass
My glassworking career began with a traditional stained glass class in Hayward, CA in 1978 at an Adult Education program. I continued to study various glass techniques including design, fusing, painting, casting/pate de vere, kiln construction and lampworking at the Fenton Glass Studio in Oakland, CA. I began blowing glass at San Francisco State University in the summer of 1981. In 1996 I moved my studio from Alameda, CA to family property in Perronville, MI. That year I began blowing glass and teaching glassworking classes full time with my partner, Chuck Pritchard of Kiel, WI. Together we worked as demonstrating artists for the Bristol Renaissance Fair and the Fort Lauderdale Renaissance Fair for 3 seasons. We also secured countless commissions and produced numerous award winning glass pieces, with our paperweights being included in the Bergstrom-Mahler Paperweight Museum, Neenah, WI.. Due to his death, I moved the glassblowing shop to the Steam & Gas Village at the Escanaba State Fairgrounds where I give glass blowing demonstrations and teach workshops. I’m also presently on the faculty of Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, MI teaching Moldmaking for Glass and continue to teach various glassworking classes all over the United States. I also support myself doing stained glass restoration and new construction as well as creating new fused and cast glass pieces for sales in numerous galleries.