My first encounter with flame work glass was at the age of 14, the summer of 1969. I attended the Glass Workshop at Pepperdine. I fell in love with it and have been learning how to blow and sculpt glass over a torch for 48 years. I developed many of the oxide formulas used in coloring borosilicate glass, such as Amber Purple & its variations.
I practice a form of glassblowing I call 'off-hand flameworking', which lends itself to greater detail achieved through application of colored cane.
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I draw much of my inspiration from my daily observations of nature around me. When I see a new bird on my feeder or a flowering tree in the neighborhood I'll try to study the subject over a period of days and weeks. I'll ponder the essential elements of whatever inspires me, and attempt to capture its spirit in glass in an impressionistic manner.