Reforging a Memento

When my dad died in 2012 it was sudden and broke so many parts of my world. Our relationship was complicated and strained, then in a moment, over forever. It was like having the wind knocked out of me and whenever I think of how final it is, I feel that same hit again. When…

2016

2016 was a lot of things in excess both at home and in the greater communities to which I belong: too busy, too chaotic, too tragic, at times unbearably loud and fracturing. I felt this all around me, from my work and my own mind, throughout my beloved city, and out into the reaches of…

My First Exhibition

Back in June I came across a letter from the Emeryville Celebration of the Arts looking for a space to host their 29th annual exhibition. While I couldn’t provide that, I did look them up to see if they were still taking submissions. To my luck, they were! But submissions were due in four days and I…

Custom Fused Glass for a Friend

The day I publicly announced this site I received the most flattering email I could imagine: a request for something custom. I met my dear friend Mark when I was the new kid in Ms. Hefflefinger’s (real name) 7th grade English class. While I don’t totally remember what brought us together I’m very thankful. Over the…

Labor of Love

This year I had the challenge of coming up with the perfect Valentine’s day gift. I wondered what would be both practical and pretty, sentimental but not sappy, handmade and better than a construction paper heart. Then I had it: I would make a mosaic bedside table! I looked for an entire month to find a table with a suitable top, then…

For A Wood Thrush

Making mosaics is always meditative for me. I spend hours determining exactly where each square goes, trying to balance the colors and textures. It’s a puzzle where all the pieces fit and there are hundreds of solutions, but always only one that I want. In late 2011 I made a headboard for my new bed. After cutting the  board to the right…