Independent contractor and Neon Lab Tech Pittsburgh Glass Center Pittsburgh, PA
I grew up in Bloomington, Il, and like most, my interested in art began with drawing. During my first year of my undergraduate career at Illinois State University, my initial pursuits in Art was in Graphic Design, which is surprisingly the only art course I took prior to college. It wasn’t until a close friend, and fellow BFA graduate, Shannon Slaight-Brown, asked me to take a glassblowing class with her, that I had any idea that ISU had the program.
Since my fist class I was hooked. Glass took on a whole new meaning, it became family. As I learned and worked with many different people since then, visiting places like Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, MI to Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, WA. Many of whom I’ve met in glass and many other disciplines have been influential in my application and use of materials in my artwork.
One of the most influential and impactful moments in my academic career was a trip we organized under the ISU glass Club, afterwards became Gather Glass Club. It was during this time that bonded as a class as we visited various studios: Fire Nation Glass Studio, Toledo Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Corning Museum of Glass. I worked as a Studio Technical Apprentice at The Pittsburgh Glass Center, and currently developing an emerging position as a Neon Lab Technician, as well as an independent contractor for classes, demonstrations, and events.