Evolution is an apt word to describe the trajectory of my work -- it is an organic process that happens over time and is full of trial and error. Thirty years into my career as a glass artist, I can look back and see the branching in the evolutionary family trees of my work. In the moment, when I am in my studio, I don't think about where I've come from, I merely ask the next question of myself and the glass and move toward its answer.
Thirty years ago, I started out focusing on making goblets because to me they represented the ultimate challenge for a glass artist. I spent seventeen years seeking the perfect goblet. But that wasn't all I did during that time. With the goblets and then planets, vases, and iridescent glass, as with all my work, I have always learned by experimenting and doing. When I came up against a technical obstacle I couldn't overcome, I read from my growing personal library of books on glass and often consulted with the folks at the Corning Museum of Glass or the Rakow Library. It's probably a character flaw, but I don't give up easily. I usually work at something until I'm satisfied that I've got it right.