Prior to 1998 I did a little drawing and playing with things like
Fimo and Sculpey but nothing really intense.
In 1998 I decided to move from my home in Cannington Ontario to
Quakertown Pennsylvannia for a job as in a mid size U.S.
corporation. While there I decided to take advantage of the available
talented people in the U.S.A. and the ease to fly around and go to
In 2000 - I Took my first fusing classes with Jayne Persico - basic fusing
and bracelet fusing at Warne-Crivellaro Glass in Allentown - only 20
minutes from my condo - and they gave classes in fusing and stained
glass. (never got around to the stained glass till I returned to Canada.
I also purchased all the basic equipment and kilns for fusing and
working with PMC (precious metal clay) and took a couple of classes with Celie Fago at the PA Beadfest that year.
I proceeded to
play with PMC and fusing .
In 2001 - I started to look for lampworking and ended up with enamel
beadmaking and purchased all the equpment for that from Pam East.
Enjoyed playing with the small torch as the condo I rented was small and
I could not really do any lampworkiing.
I then moved in 2002 so that I could set up a lampworking area in my
new townhouse. I took my first lampwork classes at GlassCraftExpo in Las
Vegas - the greatest place to take classes and have fun after class.
My first teachers were Pam Dugger and Leah Fairbanks - of course I had
never been on a torch and they were doing intermediate classes - but I
kept up and enjoyed working on a Nortel Minor for the first
time. I went home and retired the mapp gass and hot head and went out and
purchased (from ebay) tow oxygen concentrators. I purchased a minor and
bead kilns - my favorite kiln is the
mailbox kiln I got from Mike Crowley at Glasshive.com. Well there
was no stopping me now . I was lampworking every day for over a
year before I started cutting back on time on the torch.
Evenutally I pined to go home and set up my own studio where I would
be able to set all me equipment up in an area that I didnt have to move
or work around. So in 2005 I packed up and moved home to
Prior to leaving the U.S.A. I prepared for my arraival having a 25 x
30 shed built with the intent that all move goods from the states would
reside there until I could get electrical and my shop up and running.
To date it still sits with a good majority of my goods from the U.S.
( mostly craft goods with a few funiture items) waiting to be cleaned
out and revamped.
Plans are in the works in the spring to clean out the shed - run
electrical - insulate and build a storage floor (second floor for
storage) for all the boxes that need storing - leaving the bottom open
for building my studio.
I have had classes with:
Painted Glass Sliverwork
J. Kenneth Leap Cynthia Archer
Kristen Frantzen Orr
Lee Valley Tools