The life of an artist is a journey, and no greater journey is that of a Glass Blower. To broaden your skills and develop your craft, you must be willing to travel.
For me, my journey with glass began in the fall of 2007 while an undergraduate student at Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio. After taking me three attempts to first gather up a blob of molten glass on the end of a pipe, I wondered if the initial intensity of the craft was too much for me. However I chose to take on the challenge head on. That choice significantly changed my life. I spent three intense years, working through the summer, before receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
After graduation I spent a couple years working with glass in Ohio, breaking away once in a while to study at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, and attend the annual Glass Art Society Conference.
But with the urge to evolve and an offer to apartment sit, I soon found myself in Seattle, WA. Where, for a period just shy of three years, I immersed myself within the vast glass blowing community, working production, teaching, and assisting various artists.
With the daily grind of a production job weighing down my soul, I once again found myself longing for more. So when I heard there would be open auditions held in Seattle for a glassblowing job on a cruise ship, I jumped on the opportunity. Having known about the job since it's creation in 2008, certain aspects in my life were not aligned to make it happen, until then. Suffice to say, I'm now fortunate to be part of the team of the world renowned Corning Museum of Glass, demonstrating for their Glass At Sea program onboard Celebrity Cruise Lines.
My first cruise started in early 2015 aboard the Celebrity Equinox, where I bounced around the Caribbean islands and Central America. Half way through that year I rejoined the Equinox while in the Mediterranean.
For the summer of 2016 I found myself out on the Celebrity Solstice taking in the fresh air and majestic beauty of Alaska. I hope to go back there again!
I returned to the Solstice in Jan of 2017 to explore the South Pacific. Lots of time was spent around New Zealand and Australia. The highlight was the transpacific crossing back to North America, with stops in Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Hawaii. After reaching Vancouver, Canada, we set out for a 9 day Alaskan cruise.
This summer I'll have the honor of working at the Corning Museum of Glass on their Hot Glass Show Stages and then also demonstrating on their new Mobile Studio at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas in Sept/Oct 2017.
Back out to sea on the Celebrity Equinox in Nov 2017 to spend winter in the Caribbean!