Kiln Art Glass Studio
Medium: Glass & Jewellery
Location: Powell River, BC
There are two things that inform my work: first, it has always been important to me to make beautiful things that can and will be worn for many years by my clientele, not go out of fashion and get thrown away after a season or two. To that end I spend a great deal of time designing every piece.
The second thing that is important to me and which, on closer examination, is evident in my work is that in order for it to be used and cherished for many years, it must be of the highest quality I am capable of. So, I spend a lot of time perfecting my control over the glass in the kiln firing and honing my glass cutting and especially my cold working skills that I use to fine tune designs and achieve that “classic” crisp look of my finished product.
The need to make beautiful, enduring, high quality work necessitates that I design, not purchase, my own findings (the ear wires for the earrings and the bails for the pendants, for example) and that I make them using only nickel-free sterling silver, not silver-plated or base metals. I also drill my glass and mechanically connect my findings both for aesthetic reasons and the functional longevity of my pieces. I do not use glue.
I have been making jewellery from dichroic glass for the past 15 years and my living from it for at least 10 years. Although I experienced some down turn in sales in 2009, 2010 and 2011, coinciding with the 2008 economic down turn, my sales have improved year after year and my jewellery has survived the end of the “dichro craze” that saw many crafters disappear. This, I think, is due to the design and quality of my jewellery. I don't simply rely on the “flashy” nature of dichroic glass to “sell itself”; I maintain high standards of quality in my workmanship and constantly explore the capabilities and range of my medium through my various sources of inspiration. As such, my work continues to develop and evolve throughout the years. I constantly surprise my collectors (and peers) and gain new clientele with fresh, new designs and approaches.