These decorative items for the home and garden were designed and hand made by me. Most of these are for sale and another similar piece may be commissioned. Please contact me with any questions or requests.
forged and fabricated steel, wax; 18"H x 14"W x 3"D $275
Free–hand plasma–cut repurposed industrial steel on stake.16 x 16"; $88
Hand plasma–cut and welded repurposed industrial steel. Sunburst hangs on a wall. 24 x 18" $130
Forged Large Hook with Leaf and Scroll
forged steel, wax
9 x 1"
Forged Sycamore Leaf
Forged, chased and raised steel, polyurethane 24 x 18 x 2.5" $265
Chartreuse Checkers II
Fused, cold–worked, Kilnformed glass in striated chartreuse to deep forest green, black, and golden yellow. 9 x 9" $320
Forged Small Scroll Hook
forges steel, wax
5 x 1/2"
Heavy Forged Leaf Hook
forged, steel, brass, wax
9 x 2 x 1"
forged and fabricated steel. clear enamel coating that will allow this to be hung outside SOLD
forged and fabricated steel. clear enamel coating that will allow this to be hung outside; 24"H x 14"W $275
forged steel, wax
15 x 12 x 14"
forged and fabricated steel, enamel $275
Forged Long Leaf Hook
forged steel, wax
9 x 3 x 1"
forged steel, wax
14 x 2 x 1"
Free–hand, plasma cut repurposed industrial steel. Mounted on stake.
24 x 14"; $52
Fused, cold–worked, Kilnformed glass in marbled adventurines and black. 12 x 12" $420
Fused, coldworked, etched, and kilnformed glass in iridized red and black and transparent red and black. 13" diameter
Fused, coldworked, and kilnformed glass in marbled adventurine and soft green strips floated on layers of mint and basil green and then black. 12 x 12" $280
Free–hand plasma–cut and welded repurposed industrial steel. She has a hanging loop. 24 x 9"
Fish on stake
Hand plasma–cut and welded repurposed industrial steel. 9" x 24" $88
forged and fabricated steel, clear enamel $275
Why I Forge Steel
I borrow from the elements of the natural world. An emerging stem or blossom, an unfurling leaf or fern frond, a bird on the wing, or the dappled shadows cast from an early morning sun are the forms that inspire me. These are ephemeral and transitory, on a continuum of becoming or finishing. I draw abstractly, sometimes only a gesture or at other times in precise detail the information I have gleaned from my subject; but always my goal is to find a subject, to render its essence, to touch upon its evolving transitory nature. As I draw I feel an actual tension in my chest, a pull or urge. I am drawn to the expression of the movement itself and find my paper covered with a variety of arcs and turns that define both the contours of the form and the space and energy around it.
Perhaps it seems counter intuitive to then translate these drawings into forged and fabricated steel forms. Wouldn't the plasticity of clay be better suited to this task? Steel is hard and sharp if nothing else. It changes shape only with the extreme forces of heat, pressure, or torque. Its behavior is unyielding. I am drawn to it for all its stubbornness, its refusal to bend in multiple directions, to become synclastic. It has a material memory that is incalcintrant causing it to lean back to its original form. Just as we humans have memories that imbed into our somatic structure causing us in time to become bent or arthritic, the steel always embodies its history. When I attempt to shape it I use as much force as I can muster while still coaxing, loving it into a modified shape. I must work hard on the transitions to transform what is sharp and axial into something that is more subtle or gentle. But the trail of the movement is there in the hammer marks, the scale that escaped from the carbon in the heating, the black that contains its shadow. These are the evocative elements that steel brings to me as a sculptor.
I remember an address by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, folklorist and founder of Sweet Honey and the Rock, when she said that "creation is a birthing, it does not come out easily but only through kicking and screaming." When I paint and draw I am creating an illusion, something imaginary, a picture to another world. When I am forging iron into a shape or fabricating elements together into a volumetric form I am making a material object. I am attempting to make manifest an idea or sensibility about the natural world and its transitory, yet beautiful nature. I allow the process to speak. As I yield to that process and its unfurling a form takes shape that embodies that urge in my soul. Carl Jung would suggest that this is a magnetic pull toward an unknowable archetype. I find tremendous resonance in that.
forged and fabricated steel, brass, torchworked glass, wax; 19"H x 12" x 7"
forged and fabricated steel, wax; 24 x 12 x 3"
forged and fabricated steel, brass, wax; 24 x 12 x 12"
forged and fabricated steel, wax
42 x 8 x 8" SOLD
forged and fabricated steel, polyurethane; 32 x 24 x 24", rotates SOLD
forged and welded steel, wax
24 x 7 x 7" SOLD
forged steel, wax
12 x 4 x 3"
Like ancient artisans, I am drawn to abstractions that arise from observing nature and its complexities. Color, shape, and placement form the relationships and compositions in the natural world that induce flora and fauna to live, breed, and intoxicate. I study natural forms and color harmonies to derive stylizations, motifs, and designs for my artglass.
Each object is also a response to the hues of each piece of glass, the manner in which light passes through or is transmitted from it, and the way that it is transformed when submitted to heat. Works that are kilnformed are preliminarily designed and laid up; but, with each successive firing, alterations of color, texture, and shape distort and refine the original conception.
At the torch, the work becomes even more intuitive and experimental. As the heat of the flame melts the glass rods, I must keep the mandrel spinning to sustain centripetal force and keep the glass from puddling on the table. Each shape and color is created with flame, graphite and brass marvers, and chemical reactions between the metal oxides and nuclei in the glass. This process mimics that of the geological and geographical formations created by volcanic eruptions, meteors, and water and sand abrasion, albeit on a microcosmic scale. Each piece or bead, when combined with others and silver, gold, and semi–precious stones becomes a unique piece of embellishment, richly organic in both its conception and its aesthetic.
Etched, torchworked soft glass, black Onyx, Sterling Silver; 30” $395
Lampworked soda-lime glass large baubles in cherry red and jet black with a matrix of silver foil adding terrific punch. These beads are strung with slices of coral and large silver ball beads, ending with an American-made Sterling Silver clasp. 18 inches long, choker length. $420
Pink Lady Slipper
Torchworked, etched soda-lime glass, Garnets, Bali Sterling Silver' 24" SOLD
Pink Lady Slipper detail
Lampworked Borosilicate large glass beads in swirls and pleated lagoon blues, greens, and violets. Strung with faceted Rock Crystal and ended with a Sterling Silver clasp. Necklace is almost $20" long. $420
Razzle Dazzle (n94)
Torchworked soft glass, marquee Amethyst, Sterling Silver; 26” SOLD
Lampworked and etched soft glass, Israeli Sterling Silver $420
Graphic Garden IV
Lampworked and etched soda-lime glass beads in fabulous black and white graphic patterns. These are strung with Israeli and Bali Sterling Silver and jet black TIger Eye. Closed with a American Sterling Silver clasp. Necklace is 17.25 inches long. $370
Lampworked and etched soda-lime glass beads in fabulous black and white graphic patterns. These are strung with Bali and American Sterling Silver. Necklace is 17.25" long. $370
Plum Falls (n91)
Torchworked soft glass, Labrodorite, Apatite, Bali and American Sterling Silver, SS-lined silver plum glass beads; 26” with 2 ¾” drop pendant
Lampworked Borosilicate glass beads in colored mists of deep sumac red, topaz and touches of leaf green and chestnut brown. These beads are strung with faceted jade and ended with a 14K gold clasp. Necklace is 18" choker length. $420
Lampworked soda-lime glass with Fresh Water Pearls, antique Crystal, and Gold vermeil clasp. Choker length, 17 inches long. $260
Lampworked soda-lime glass lentils and lozenges in cherry, carnelian, Silvered ivory, and iris gold combined in a four-strand necklace with Rhodonite, Swarovski Crystal, Garnet, and chunky Bali and Israeli Sterling Silver. 4 strands and 19 inches long. $420
Torchworked soda-lime glass 4" long pendant in black with raku drawn glyphs, Rhodonite, and Sterling Silver. SOLD
Raku Dewdrops (p17)
Torchworked soda-lime glass 4" long pendant in black, silvered raku, and clear with Agate and Sterling Silver. $82
Lampworked soda-lime glass beads in pink into violet with touches of aqua. This long rope of beads is blended with lots of Bali Sterling Silver and facetted Amethyst. 32” long, which can be twisted into a doubled choker. $240
Torchworked soda-lime glass, Amethyst, Bali Sterling Silver $140
Lampworked Effetre glass focal and lentils in black with raku, Facetted Nephrite Jade, Adventurine, Bali fair–trade Sterling Silver, American Sterling Silver closure $120
Lampworked Effetre glass in nile green with black crazing to emulate ancient Roman glass; Yellow Turquoise; faceted Jade; Sterling Silver
Sea Fossil II (p74)
Lampworked soda-lime glass 3.5” long bead in opalalized pink with meandering filligranas of silvered blues, green, and ivory, and dotted with gold. Finished with Bali Sterling Silver on a Sterling chain and clasp. $92
Fused Dichroic glass pendant with a copper inclusion; Lampworked Effetre glass etched beads in topaz, Carnelian, Coral, Copper, Sterling Silver $105
Lampworked borosilicate and soda-lime glass, Bali Sterliing Silver, Sterling Silver clasp. $120
Torchworked soft glass, Moss Agate, faceted and disk black Onyx, black round Agate, Bali and American Sterling Silver; 2 strands 31”, 27 1/4” $510
Boogie Woogie detail
Lampworked soda-lime glass large lonzenge beads in marbled cream, violet, coral, and black with spiney twists. Ecxh have been heeavily fumed with pure Silver and spotted with Fine Silver or Iris Gold. These beads are strung with Honey Jade, Swarovski Crytals, and a large faceted drop of Rutiliated Quartz. Ended with a Sterling Silver clasp. 19 1/2" long. $360
Lampworked Borosilicate glass beads in profuse swirls of evergreen, berry red and creamy golden hues. These beads are strung with heavy gold vermeil spacers, Swarovski crystals, and a few Flouralite beads and ended with a 14K gold clasp. Necklace is 18 inch choker length. $520
Sunset Spirals II
Torchworked soft glass, silver foil, copper leaf, hand fabricated Sterling Silver end caps; 26” $500
Sunset Spirals II detail
Desert Sunsets (n69)
Lampworked Borosilicate glass large round beads in amber, purple, red, and sage green marbled swirls, offset with creamy caramel Boro spacers, facetted Carnelian, and Gold vermeil beads, and ending with a Gold vermeil clasp. 18 inches choker length. $520
Lampworked Borosilicate glass beads in colored mists of deep sumac red, topaz and touches of leaf green, chestnut brown, and cherry red. These beads are strung with heavy Gold Vermeil spacers, Amber and ended with a 14K gold S-hook. Necklace is 20" choker length. $520
Torchworked soft glass, Labrodorite, Apatite, Bali and American Sterling Silver, SS-lined silver plum glass beads; 26” with 2 ¾” drop pendant $180
Raku Surprise detail
Lampworked soda-lime lentil glass beads in amber with iridized green designs, strung with fresh water Pearls, and finished with a Gold Vermeil clasp. $160
Sunset Spirals I
Torchworked soft glass, silver leaf, copper leaf, hand fabricated Sterling Silver end caps and closure; 26” $500
Torchworked soda-lime 4 inch long glass bead and round beads in jet black, raku, and crystal clear dewdrops with potato, heishi, and coin Fresh Water Pearls and Sterling Silver clasp. Four strand choker is 17 x 2 x 5/8 inches. $290
Leaves Golden II
Lampworked soda-lime glass with Sterling Silver clasp. $290
Soda-lime lampworked beads with Silver fuming and Fine Silver; quartz, amber, sterling silver. $320
Lampworked soda–lime glass lentils and rounds in topaz and light amethyst drawn on with silvered glass and silvered cinnamon, Fresh Water Pearls, Swarovski crystals, and Sterling Silver. 3 strands, the shortest of which is 15 ¾ inches long. $420
Cherry Nuggets (n27)
Lampworked soda-lime glass lentils and lozenges in cherry, carnelian, Silvered ivory, and iris gold combined in a four-strand necklace with Rhodonite, Swarovski Crystal, Garnet, and chunky Bali and Israeli Sterling Silver. $420
Torchworked soda-lime glass, fresh water pearls, 14K gold fill beads and clasp $320
Lampworked soda-lime 2”–across lentil glass bead in marbled coral, lavender, and opal that has been fumed with Silver and Gold and stroked with iris gold trails. Finished with an antique Turkish coin, Indonesian Silver and Sterling Silver on a long Sterling chain and clasp. $120
Torchworked Efettre large glass rounds in fuschia, coppered green, opal yellow, black, and grape with Garnet rondelles and Bali Sterling Silver. This choker length necklace is closed with an Israeli Silver, art nouveau leaf clasp. 17 x 5/8 x 1 inches. $320
Midnight Rhapsody (n105)
Torchworked soft glass, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Bali Sterling Silver beads and clasp; 21 ½”, 3” $360
Lampworked soda-lime glass barrels, bicones, and a lrge focal in coral, with twisted spin of tourqouise, black, and opal yellow. The focal is wrapped in layers of silver foil and Iris green reduction glass. The two strand necklace is articulated with graduated slabs of Painted Desert Jasper, Aventurine, and Bali Sterling Silver. 18 x 1/2 x 3" $320
Lampworked soda-lime glass with Brown Agate, Honey Jade, carved bone and Gold Vermeil. $180
Torchworked soda-lime glass 4" long pendant in lilac and fuchsia with multi-colored filligrana and twists that has been fused with silver and gold on a Sterling Silver bail and chain with Sterling clasp. $90