Although my career in the crafts started in clay, I've always loved glass. I was a potter for 15 years and I still love clay and visiting pottery studios whenever I have the chance and occasionally the pottery influence finds its way into my work. In 1990 I spent a few hours with my friend Sage in Bellingham,WA making my first glass beads. I was hooked immediately. Within a year I sold all my pottery equipment and never looked back. I found that I loved the immediacy of bead making and I never tire of experimenting with the endless combinations of color, shape, texture, and techniques.
In 2000, my wife and I built a house in Port Townsend, WA and I wanted to make some glass tiles for the kitchen. I took a class in glass fusing at Bullseye Glass Company in Portland and found I enjoyed the process and continued playing with fusing in addition to making beads. I spent the next ten years playing in the studio fusing glass for personal projects around the house but it was when I wanted to fuse large panels for my fence that I realized that the cost of Bullseye glass was an obstacle I didn't want to face so I started researching and discovered I could use window glass which was a fraction of the cost. I was able to finish my fence and somewhere in the process I tried using recycled windows with equal success and that's all I've been using since. Now, all of my fused glass work is made with recycled glass that I decorate with glass paint and colored glass powder. I fire my work to 1500 degrees to permanently fuse the colors to the glass. All of the colors are lead free and are safe to use with food.
About five years ago I moved to Portland, Oregon with my wife Joanie and our cats Neko and Simon. Portland is known for it's art culture and community spirit and we're enjoying being a part of this community. I sell my work at the Portland Saturday Market, small craft fairs around town and a few galleries in the Northwest.