As long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with creating. From Legos as a child to drawing, painting, and playing music as a teenager, I have always pursued forms of creative self-expression. As an adult, I struggled to find a medium that satisfied my need to create.
Shortly after meeting my wife Amanda, I started making jewelry. Simple jewelry designs led to complicated designs which led to many many trips to bead stores. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful colors and unique designs of lampwork beads. Amanda and I eventually took a lampworking class and I was immediately hooked. We left class, bought a torch, kiln, glass, and tools, and I have spent very little time away from the torch since then.
I started off making beads out of soft glass, but was soon attracted to the ethereal and organic colors of borosilicate glass. I began working with borosilicate glass and have not looked back. I soon fell in love with making marbles. I was fascinated by the amount of detail that could be fit into a small orb of glass. I was also drawn to the magnification qualities of clear glass, and declared clear to be my new favorite color. I have continued my love affair with making marbles by teaching classes and writing books on making marbles.
One of the things I like most is working with other glass artists. If you are going to be in the Roanoke, VA area any time, drop me a line. I''d love to work with you.
Some videos of me working...