Lampworking by definition is the type glassworking that uses a
gas-fueled torch to manipulate glass rods and tubing, originally named
for the ancient technique using oil-fueled lamps. For as long as I can
remember I have been obsessed with glass, starting as a boy who loved
marbles. As I got older I had to find a way to work glass with my hands.
I began playing with stained glass in the early 1990's and was not
satisfied to simply cut and fit glass, I had to melt and manipulate it.
After a life changing injury to my wrist in 2001, I was forced to
make a career change from construction and could think of nothing I
would rather do with my life than become a glass artist. I set out with
the intention of becoming an off-hand glass blower, but quickly fell in
love with Lampworking. The detail I was able to create and the
possibilities of what I could do with a torch were endless. I read as
many books as I could find, bought myself a torch and began playing. As I
worked, I began to see the value of taking classes and attending
workshops to improve my art and add the influence of other artists into
my work. I have made it a priority to continue to attend workshops and
work with other artists so that my art is continually growing and does
not become stagnant. Some of the artist I have trained with are Robert
Mickelson, John Kabuki and Mark Lammi.
My true obsession is marbles. Each marble I make is a unique,
one-of-a-kind piece. The beauty of a marble is the only limiting factor
is it's shape; you are fee to apply any technique, color, size and
design as long as you maintain a sphere. Depending on my mood or
inclination, I can create a marble that tends to have an organic feel as
though it has been plucked right out of nature, or something a bit more
whimsical that may remind you of starring into outer space or a deep
black hole, or something more traditional that will remind you of your
childhood. The most inspiring part of lampworking to me is the glass
itself and the challenge it holds.