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 Seminole, Florida. During high school was drawn to and excelled in marketing and entrepreneurship through the DECA program, and soon after I was introduced to flameworking. Having a unique opportunity to move to St. Croix, the US Virgin Islands, I opened and operated my first retail store at 19. While doing so, I began teaching myself early techniques behind the torch. I loved being able to create something with my hands, different and beautiful, that people enjoyed buying. Authenticity was for me! After 4 years of learning the ropes in the islands, I returned to Florida and got a job working in retail and as the onsite glassblower in Tarpon Springs, creating sculptures and jewlery for tourists and locals, while growing my business then named The Glass Menagerie. Between 2000 - 2015, I expanded the wholesale part of the company by offering and selling artwork to gift shops, galleries and museums, exhibited at many juried art shows, and grew my professional brand, Cech Glass, and website. Since moving to St. Petersburg in 2015, I enjoy networking and meeting other like-minded creative entrepreneurs and business owners that support the arts. In the near furture I hope to offer workshops in the downtown St. Pete area and find those that are interested in learning this specialized artform. Being an artist and business owner has taught me the importance of resourcefulness and perseverence and a love for my own personal journey and how it impacts others.
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. "
"The Nautilus design is a symbol of life, harmony, and the perfection of nature. The Nautilus shell evokes a sense of mystery and awe. The chambers of the Nautilus shell are symbolic of growth, evolution, expansion and renewal -- the stages each person passes through life. The spiral itself is a symbol of creation, movement, fluidity and evolution. It reveals the cyclical nature of life and the relationship between unity and multiplicity. With no beginning and no end, the spiral curls eternally inward and eternally outward with continual self-creation. As a path, the spiral is both the journey home to who we really are, and the journey to be one who we will become, for they are one and the same.
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."