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After graduating from high school, I went to Mass College of Art where I was a student during the early studio glass movement in US.  The first glassblowing studio was built at Mass Art in the early 70’s under the direction of Dan Dailey, with whom I studied until my graduation with a BFA from the glass department in 1976.   I also spent a summer at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, which was founded in the early 70’s in part by renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly.  Dale, along with Fritz Driesbach & Marvin Lipofsky were the instructors for the summer session.

In the mid, 70’s I also studied laboratory glassblowing at MIT and worked as a laboratory glassblower for a short while in the late 70’s.

In the early 80’s, I became an apprentice to flat glass artist, Mara Janelle where we completed many private commissions and projects, one of the most notable being the architectural installation at the Waltham Hospital Chapel in Waltham, MA.  I also did contract work for Lyn Hovey Studio while working with Mara, and completed several small commissions of my own.

I took a hiatus from glass in the late 80’s, and in the early 90’s, I channeled my artistic energy towards watercolor and studied with various artists in the New England region, as well as nationally known artists, Don Andrews and Charles Reid.  I have won a number of local and regional awards for watercolor, and have been accepted to several juried shows, most notably, the student show at the DeCordova Museum.
My reawakening to glass as an artistic medium came in the fall of 2002, when I took a slumping and fusing class at The Worcester Center for Crafts with glass artist, Beth Lipman.  I was hooked again!  I have since taken enameling on glass with Jane D’Arensbourg, and have studied beadmaking with Liliana Cirstea Glenn and Jennifer Geldard.  I have also completed classes in hollow form flameworking with Sally Prasch and Jake Vincent.   I have also taken workshops with Wesley Fleming and Michael Barley.

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