I began making lamp work beads in 2008 when I was inspired by another lamp work artist at the Ann Arbor art fair in Michigan. Soon after I took a simple lamp work bead class at Canterbury Glass in Pontiac Michigan and began to experiment with a hot head torch.
In the fall of 2009 I participated in Don Miller’s lampwork class at the University of Michigan—Dearborn. That class helped me to learn and practice basic skills on a larger torch. I continue to learn and grow in this art with the help of all the fine lampworkers I have taken classes from.
The name for Northern Mermaid Beads came from many facets of my life.
The Great Lakes don't have many Mermaids but I am their friend and I make them glassy beads and baubles. :)
Currently working with a Bethlehem Alpha torch using Natural Gas and a 10 liter Oxycon.
Hot Glass Rocks!