Growing up in rural southern New Jersey, I began to show interest in hand built clay from an early age. I used the mud from the banks of a creek that ran through my backyard to shape and mold objects. In 2003 I graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Fine Arts (ceramics). During my last year of college, I started to expand my sculptural approaches by using hot glass. I apprenticed with Simon Pearce Glass Company for several years, learning how to make barware, stemware, vases, candle holders, and other glass home decor items. During this time in the factory, I also proceeded to explore Flameworked glass at Salem Community College in New Jersey. Since 2007 I have been exploring the different relationships between other mediums and glass. The relationships between ceramics and glass are one of my favorites. Along with encaustic wax and glass, which I have been studying since 2010. Lastly, sewn paper and found objects when combined with glass makes my heart sing! Stay tuned for more to come from this year's study: glass and tatted designs.