Throughout the early years, I developed a passion for horses. My family owned a small farm and to have a horse meant the world to me. I had to learn the value of a dollar and earn the upkeep. Faced with that reality, I found it only natural to teach art to kids younger than myself, give riding lessons and work at the local art supply store.
After graduation from college, I taught elementary art (K-6) for two years in Killingworth, Connecticut. The program was a huge success, but my ambition was to be a painter, a true professional artist. I spent the next five years at the easel.
Within a few years, I moved South to live in the Ocala National Forest in Florida and met a person with a studio that was bringing glass artists to study with. I requested someone to teach fusing and, in 1982, Tim O'Neal came from Portland, Oregon to give that first infamous workshop in the Southeast.
The kilnformed glass movement had begun. I acquired the 28th kiln sold through Bullseye, especially designed with elements in the ceiling for firing glass. I an very grateful to Boyce Lunstrom (one of the original partners of Bullseye Glass) for initiating the rediscovery of the early glass forming techniques and to Bullseye Glass, for initiating the rediscovery of the early glass forming techniques. Now, Uroborous Glass Studios (also in Portland, Oregon) offers "tested compatible" glass, too. Boyce eventually opened Camp Colton in Oregon to those interested in pursuing these techniques and I had several great sessions there along with others from all over.
The movement has spread world wide and I beleive glass has become the major impact in the history of art in this century. I have been working with glass for the past 30 years and have enjoyed teaching these processes at various workshops around the country.
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