Ever since I was a child I've been obsessed with making things with my hands. I have always been drawn to colors and patterns and light. One year my best friend gave me a small glass box she had made in art class. I immediately fell in love with it. I needed to know how this magically beautiful object was made. I wanted so badly to make things with stained glass too. I started to notice stained glass windows everywhere.
Luckily I was born and raised on the island of Alameda, which boasts a huge number of Victorian mansions, Arts and Crafts and California Bungalows, many of them with stained glass. The more I saw, the more fascinated I became with glass and architecture.
In my twenties I lived in Spain and Holland. Traveling around Europe, I spent more time in churches and cathedrals than I had spent at St. Joseph's while growing up in Alameda. The beauty of the architecture, especially the windows, was overwhelming and inspiring.
When I moved back to the Bay Area, I joined the Carpenters Union as an apprentice, only to realize after a few years that I wanted to work with glass. I took a class in 1991, and dove in. After several years I opened a studio, got my glaziers license and have been doing glass work ever since.
Over the last 23 years I have done everything from new commissions to historic restorations, such as Julia Morgan's Berkeley City Club, Children's Fairyland Chapel, the Henry J. Kaiser house, as well as a large suspended ceiling installation. More recently I've been able to explore warm glass work and am excited to see what I can create.
I've witnessed first hand how colored glass and light can change the feel of a room. Because this beauty affects us on so many different levels, I have never strayed in my desire to work in this medium.
Working with glass and making a living at it is a blessing. Having customers come back years afterwards and tell me they still love what I made for them makes it all worthwhile.
Owner of Sugar Town Art Glass
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
- Pablo Picasso
“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.”
- Louis C. Tiffany