My passion and love for this artform drives me to keep making these beautiful pieces. Each individual piece reflects my love for creating something of beauty to be shared with those that find it. Vision drives the creativity!
Resourcefulness, imagination, practice and endurance strengthens Creativity. Pushing myself to continue in a physically demanding and challenging career while continuing to never stop creating builds my endurance, determination, and Strength.
The laser focus needed to create my artwork requires Strength of mind, body, and spirit and is essential to maintaining and building my business and professional brand. The relationships that I develop along the way makes this lifelong journey all worthwhile!
I was born in the Chicago area, but quickly learned that the cold wasn't for me, so at age 15, my family and I moved to Florida. After graduating Countryside High School in 1989, I moved to the US Virgin Islands, where I fell in love with the art of flameworking. I opened and operated my first retail store, The Glass Gallery, in St. Croix. US Virgin Islands. When returning to Florida in 1994, I worked as the onsite glassblower at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, practicing techniques behind the torch while customers and tourists watched and were mezmerized by the flame. During this time I built and grew my business, then called The Glass Menagerie, now Cech Glass. Since then I've been exhibiting at art shows throughout Florida, have expanded my product line, and have been developing workshops and apprenticeship programs in flameworking.
I have been a flamework glass artist for more than 30 years and love being able to share my talent with others. I have spent thousands of hours behind the torch learning and working at perfecting my art..........this journey has truly been a labor of love! I currently live and work in St. Pete, Florida and absolutely love the warm weather, the beach and the growing, downtown St. Pete arts community!
Hernando County Fine Arts Council, Brooksville, FL
"Through the fire
I make beautiful things...
My mind and hands.
With coral and stone
and melted glass....
of sea and land. "
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It's spiral structure displays perfect mathematical proportion, sometimes called the Golden Mean or the Fibonacci Sequence. The Golden Mean number is also known as PHI. The unique thing about the Golden Mean is that it can be found incorporated in all known organic structures. Viewing the proportions of the Nautilus give us a serene sense of balance and well-being. The Golden Mean number is widely used in art, architecture, and religious symbols. It reminds us that subtle changes, one after the other, bring big results."