Me and the first necklace I ever made (age 8)

Me and the first necklace I ever made (age 8)

Having been an English teacher for thirty years, I came late to flameworking which I discovered in 2004 when I had the good fortune to take a class with Kristina Logan at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. It was in that glorious setting that I became inspired to go home and set up my own studio. In that year, while on Sabbatical from Noble and Greenough School (Dedham, Massachusetts), I learned that I loved making beads, that I wanted to become more proficient as a metalsmith so that I could design my own clasp (I did a Concentration in metals at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina during the Spring of 2005), and that I enjoyed designing whole pieces where each bead became a part of the whole. Since that time I have taken classes fromStephanie Sersich and Heather Trimlett, both wonderful teachers and flameworkers with colorful voices and great energy.