I am drawn to glass as a medium because the process is a meditative blend of science and magic.
Like meditation it is a practice that demands focus, finding center, awareness of breath, and the ability to let go of every thought beyond the task at hand. My analytical brain is satisfied by the methodical building of steps, repetition, experimentation, and the required attention to detail. My aesthetic brain is satiated by the beauty of light and color in a finished piece, and the interplay of fluidity and fragility as equally important characteristics of the material.
Since 2000 I have been working in a variety of sculptural media, including metal, wood, cold cast bronze, plaster, fiber arts, mixed media and glass. In 2010 I earned my BFA in sculpture from Keene State College.
I began apprenticing in glassblowing in 2013 with Bob Burch at Brandywine Glass in Putney, Vermont, and in 2016 began assisting Nick Kekic at Tsuga Studios in Chester, Vermont.
In 2017 I began assisting Chris Sherwin at Sherwin Art Glass in Bellows Falls, Vermont. In 2018 I attended a cup making workshop with Granite Calimpong at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.
I have recently launched Lemon Glass Studio, a fully mobile glass blowing studio using a Mini Dragon Furnace by Mobile Glassblowing Studios. For updates on my progress with the mobile studio, follow along on the Lemon Glass Studio blog tab.
Kickstarter: Kickstart my Art – $15000 funding to produce first solo show
People’s Choice Award for Gibbous Fountain in “Emerging Art at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery.
May 3, 2010
Nomination for ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture
Keene State College Undergraduate Research and Creative Project Grant
Vermont Glass Guild Annual Show,
curator and guild liaison
Wilson Museum at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester VT
– September 8- October 14, 2018
– May 20- July 2, 2017
The Hive Project
Southern Vermont Art Center
May 3-June 8 2014
Emerging Art: Keene State College Art Students Exhibition
Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH
– April 17-May 8, 2010
– April 18-May 9, 2009
– April 19-May 11, 2008
Gallery At The Vault
Our Town: A Multi-Media Exhibition Featuring Artists of Henniker NH
New England College Gallery, Henniker, NH
June 15-August 3, 2006
It is very fitting that Lemon Glass Studio is a mobile hot shop, as it has been more a journey than a destination. My entire studio packs into a trailer intended to pull a personal mobility scooter, small enough to be pulled by my tiny Honda Fit.
These days, I get up hours before dawn, hitch the trailer, and drive to a small gated lot in North Hollywood, CA. I unload and assemble the Mini Dragon furnace, set up my shade tent, and gather and arrange my tools. By 6:00A.M, I begin melting glass while I take in the sunrise and my first cup of coffee.
When I envisioned Lemon Glass, I thought I would be setting up at farmers markets, street fairs, house parties, and weddings–not in an intentionally empty parking lot. But then, none of us envisioned life in Covid Times, and we’ve all had to adapt.
This journey has always been about making the most of what life throws at me, and right now that is getting to work in my studio 40 hours per week, developing product lines, and growing into my studio in a parking lot by myself.
As the entire world has shifted to virtual contexts for interaction, I have begun to explore what it will take to bring visitors virtually into my studio. For me, the most magical part of glass is when it is molten, and being able to share this magic with people who have never been able to experience it has always been a part of the Lemon Glass Mobile Studio concept. I hope to soon launch a live stream of the studio with an interactive chat that will allow visitors to participate in choosing colors and forms, and having the opportunity to purchase the item they watch me create–as they would have if they came to my booth at a street fair.