"Glass is the perfect medium to capture motion. It is the fluid nature of hot glass that allows me to create and freeze a moment in time forever." Glass has been part of my life for the past 8 years and I have been fortunate to continue working with the medium after receiving my BFA by being involved with several prestigious institutions, such as Corning, PGC, and the Chrysler Museum. The professional experience gained from these institutions has helped me develop a career and find opportunities to travel and work alongside many ambitious studio teams and renowned artists. The experience of each endeavor has allowed me to grow technically in the hot shop, creatively as an artist, and as a leader in and out of the studio. Participating in the DMG Residency program will be an opportunity to continue growing in all of these directions meanwhile allowing me to focus on a signature body of work. I was recently the assistant studio manager for a growing “Non-for Profit” studio in south Florida, the Benzaiten Creative Arts Center. Here I am seasonal and play many roles from studio manager, to gaffer and designer, to studio tech and fabricator, instructor, gallery manger, as well as developing a successful series of studio performance and visiting artist events known as “Last Call,” that happens at the end of every month during peak season. The opportunity to return to St. Pete and create work in a familiar space with a familiar team is the driving force for my application.
My major goal is to continue to develop a signature style and create a series of sculptural work that requires access to a professional team in a professional studio. I have been inspired by so many of the programs and visiting artists that DMG has hosted and believe that this pre-existing relationship will be a catalyst for a very exciting series of new work that will reflect both my experience in South Florida with my background in St. Pete.