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Welcome to my online portfolio!
From bonsai to bottles, photography and glass, you will find many examples of my artwork right here. First let my introduce my two creative personas biolumglass and bentbottle.

 

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“Biolum” is the first part of the word bioluminescent, which literally refers to plants and animals that can produce light from within their bodies, living light.  My first inspiration for fused glass jewelry and stained glass panels hatched from imaginings of the deep sea and outer space. For this reason I chose biolum as my studio name, to encompass both the beautiful and alien, space age and primordial. This vision continues to challenge me to create works that are futuristic artifacts of glass, colorful, never before seen beacons to light and enliven modern day life. For me the word “biolum” has come to represent the techniques I have learned and developed, the specific processes, the designs I have interpreted, honed intuition, chance, and all the secrets I have discovered about glass that make my vision and artwork glow.

 

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is a collection of uniquely modern, dishes, bowls, lighting and jewelry made exclusively from recycled bottle glass.  The ordinary, yet necessary glass bottle yields
an endless array of possibilities for creating art objects that are functional as well as intriguing and beautiful to look at. Enhancing the organic qualities of glass by transforming it in the kiln is what keeps me excited and inspired to keep working with recycled glass. There is the promise of an unseen frontier each time the kiln is fired.  I enjoy the challenge of creating something out of common bottle glass that is functional as well as intriguing and beautiful to the eye. Exploring a free source of raw material such as post consumer bottle glass provides an endless array of forms and possibilities for transforming the ordinary and necessary glass bottle into an oddly modern and earthy, even whimsical art object. The goal for all of my “bentbottle” work is to end up with pieces that possess the look and feel of a modern, if not futuristic artifact, made from discarded everyday materials.

 


 

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CUSTOM PROJECTS
Creating custom glass installations, windows, lighting or jewelry is a challenge I particularly enjoy. Check out some of my Mosaic installations and custom stained glass that I’ve created over the years to give you an idea of what I can create for you.

 

 

 

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For more than a decade, my original stained glass designs have enhanced homes and art collections throughout the US. With an organic yet contemporary take on stained glass, my panels are distinctive, translucent paintings to be hung in the window.
Hypnotized by the vibration of mineral color and bright light, the danger of handling raw shards and jagged edges seems slight and even enticing. I am obsessed with glass and all the possibilities it promises. Making experimental work for myself sparks my imagination and passion for stained glass as art, as paintings to hang in the sun. The earth seems to speak through raw glass to me. I am flooded with visions, earthy and organic yet modern, microscopic views to be rendered in stained glass. I am thrilled by visual texture and naturalistic detail melted in micro thin layers, prized finds if even in a three inch scrap. Chance compositions of abstracted nature or alien forms are epiphanies to me. I love to turn and shape the pieces, puzzling a seamless fit and continually searching for the brushstrokes in each piece of glass.

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SCULPTURE
Working with found objects and discarded materials diverted  from the landfill to create sculptural works is a very exciting and rewarding part of my practice. Most of my sculpture work is small maquette size work , but i continue to experiment with size and form. Each piece incorporates my signature material, glass.

 

 

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MOSAICS
From lighting to large wall installations to dimensional garden sculpture, using glass to mosaic surfaces has been a favorite technique for me for some time. I love the immediacy, the loosness and how the glass interacts and combines with the earthy grout to create breathtaking works of art.

 

 

BN_Listen and Obey_3a  Dimensional Mosaics
A new and growing series explores abstract forms from a microscopes perspective.  The dimensional glass mosaic wall art is a combination of recycled fused glass in various forms, plaster, grout and paint is used to create pieces that are sculptural and richly layered but hang on the wall like a painting.

 

 

 

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I have been creating small accent lamps for over ten years, incorporating fused glass in these small mosaic pieces to make otherworldly artifacts that light up a room. My resulting sculptural lighting represents both traditional fused glass tile lamps and lamps made from recycled glass for my bentbottle line.

 

 

 

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JEWELRY
My first inspiration for fused glass jewelry hatched from imaginings of the deep sea and outer space. For this reason I chose biolum as my studio name, to encompass both the beautiful and alien, space age and primordial. This vision continues to challenge me to create works that are futuristic artifacts of glass, colorful, never before seen beacons to light and enliven modern day life.

 

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY
All my life I have been more intrigued and moved by images than words. As a child I would page through National Geographics and absorb the stories through the photographs and hardly read a word. So powerful were images that I could not touch a close up image of a tarantula and I held my breath while flipping through stories about deep sea creatures.
I took my first photography class as a senior in high school and loved it. I went on to art school and majored in photography, learning the technical side of composing, printing and exhibiting photographs just before the advent of digital photography.  Now I use my skills as a photographer to convey what I create in glass. Two critical and fundamental elements of both photography and glass are color and light. To capture an exquisite image and make a breathtaking glass piece, color and the interplay of light on the composition must be understood and manipulated to be successful.

 

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BONSAI
Cultivating living art in the form of bonsai has been part of my life for many years. I have a modest collection of trees that I train and care for, some of which I have had since I was a teen. These trees remind me to slow down, breathe, not take everything so seriously and flourish at the same time.