Bio

I have read that we resist our callings.  Following them means we must leave our comfort zone, break away from the herd, and find ourselves alone and grasping in the dark.

A few years ago, I gave up a comfortable life in the 9-5 seeking something greater.  I had always envied those who had a passion to pursue, fulfilling their life’s mission.  Despite an underlying sense of unrest, it was difficult for me to realize I was building a life that was not my own.  When realization finally struck, it was even harder to build enough courage to jump into the unknown.

And with a sigh she allowed the burden of belly to drop  -Joanna Newsom

Although I felt compelled to make, craft, and build from a young age, I had no clue how to channel that energy.  Burning Man gave me the first hint: inspired by the exuberance of flame and sculpture, I knew I had to play with fire.  I was behind a torch within a month.

There are levels of purpose and meaning to our lives, and allowing myself to pursue my craft has given me many more moments of happiness.  But beyond personal satisfaction, the greater purpose to my art is this: behind my art is a story, a story about restlessness and the desire for change, and the courage to make that leap even when the way is dark and you know not how long you will fall.

INSPIRATION

Influence Map, circa 2010

If you consider art as a quest, then I seek elegance and beauty, exquisite lines, each part placed with intention, a fully composed design — with the occasional sidequest into the fun and whimsical.  But there can be no pursuit without inspiration.  A myriad of sources help me along the way; fantasy books, my garden, ikebana, and video game aesthetics (especially Okami) hold the greatest treasures for me.

PRESS/RECOGNITION

Your feminine sensibility and touches, coupled with your serious talent are a tour de force. -Chris Riley

Exhibitions/Appearances

2013  American Glass Expo, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Public Demonstration.
2012  The Colorado Project, Denver, Colorado. Public Demonstration.
 Galleria Live, Las Vegas, Nevada.  Sponsored by The BIG Industry Show.
2011  Dreaming, The Art Mission and Theater, Binghampton, New York. Curated by Anna Kovach.
 3rd Annual Degenerate Flame Off, Eugene, Oregon. Sponsored by Cornerstone Glass. Invitational.
 International Glass Show, Los Angeles, California. Sponsored by C&G Wholesale. Public Demonstration.
2010  Glassroots Art Show Flame Off, Madison, Wisconsin. Sponsored by Spiralout Glass. Invitational.
 5th Annual Female Flame Off, Unauthorized Art, Arcata, California.
 The Glass Exhibition, Gogué Art and Tattoo, Grants Pass, Oregon. Curated by Leila Holm.
 Private Exhibition, Blue Sun Studios, Oakland, California.

Awards

  • Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award, The Flow, Winter 2011.
  • 4th Place. Glass Roots Art Show Flame Off, Madison, Wisconsin, 2010.
  • 1st Place. Functional Sculpture, 5th Annual Female Flame Off, Arcata, California, 2010.
  • 1st Place. Wearables, 5th Annual Female Flame Off, Arcata, California, 2010.
  • 2nd Place. Mystery Box, 5th Annual Female Flame Off, Arcata, California, 2010.

Features and Recognition (*Reviews)

  • Nominated for Best Female Artist 2012, Functional Glass Industry Awards, February 20, 2013.
  • *The Glass Otaku, “The Milkman Cometh,” www.igniteme.co, July 30, 2012.
  • *The Glass Otaku, “Dancing on the Cusp of Awareness,” www.igniteme.co, August 9, 2011.
  • Featured by Shad West Coast, “Bates/Zingiber Collab for Miss High Times 2011,” www.glasspipes.org, July 2, 2011.
  • Featured by Lurch, “Umbs/Zingiber Collab: ‘Phoenix Flower’,” www.glasspipes.org, July 2, 2011.
  • Featured by Schmitz, “Semi-Annual Post,” www.glasspipes.org, June 3, 2011.
  • Featured by Shaggy-Dreamstonesart, “Blood Magnolia Bouquet,” www.glasspipes.org, February 10, 2011.
  • Featured by SkyePerryNorton, “Zombie Marionette will dance for brains,” www.glasspipes.org, November 17, 2010.
  • Featured by ChadG, “Army of Minions,” www.glasspipes.org, October 21, 2010.
  • Featured by ChadG, “Blue Sun Collab #1: Independence Upline,” www.glasspipes.org, August 5, 2010.
  • Featured by CapNCrunk, “The Pipe of Sauron,” www.glasspipes.org, June 22, 2010.
  • Featured by Schmitz, “2010 Works,” www.glasspipes.org, May 23, 2010.
  • *Justin Browne, “Oakland’s Blue Sun Studios,” www.kultureva.com, April 1, 2010.
  • *Fire & Ice Sherlock, Glass Aficionado, Fall 2009.
  • Featured by Lear, “All Star,” www.glasspipes.org, November 11, 2009.
  • Featured by Lear, “Sun Worship,” www.glasspipes.org, November 2, 2009.

Education

  • Revere Glass School, Berkeley, California, 2009.
  • University of California, Berkeley, California, B.A., 2004.