She is the creative force behind Glassology which uses beautiful chiyogami papers and crystal clear glass tiles to create unique pendants, earrings, bracelets, and accessories. Her adventure started out in the fall of 2010, when she had a few dozen magnets for sale on a cookie sheet. Since then, she has been continuously adding and improving her products and hasn’t looked back yet!
What are your goals for the future, both artistically and in life?
My artistic goals include learning new techniques as time allows, whether by taking classes at art studios, or learning on my own. As for life goals, I keep it simple; I want to raise happy kids and be happy myself.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I've had to put my business on the back burner. I'm still making items, with lots of fun spring colors, but not as much as I'd normally be doing. We're moving in a few weeks and the new home is a bit of a fixer upper, but without Chip and Jo.
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?
I love doing home improvement projects around the house. I try to find a balance between learning new skills, and knowing when to call in the pros.
What is your strongest memory of your childhood?
I remember doing lots of camping with my family as a kid. When I was about ten years old, we went camping in West Virginia. I woke up one morning covered in what I thought was mosquito bites. No one else in the family had any bites, and then my parents realized I had chicken pox. That was the end of our camping trip.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
My first “big girl” job out of college was working for a hazardous waste disposal company. After that, I spent nearly a decade as a Recycling Coordinator, doing outreach and education. I left that job nearly three years ago to take Glassology full-time.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
These are some of the phrases I tend to use a lot… 1. This too shall pass 2. It never hurts to ask 3. Manners go a long way
Where do you gather most of your inspiration for your artwork?
My work is all about the gorgeous papers I use. I try to use seasonal colors, and keep a good variety of options.
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
My morning coffee.
What is your favorite...
Pet and/or animal: My Weimaraner, Lucy
Board game: My favorite card game is Cards Against Humanity, but I only play with a select crowd ;)
Holiday: Christmas - everyone just seems happier and friendlier. It’s a great time to be with family.
Best cup of coffee: What I brew at home with Trader Joe’s Soy Creamer. I can’t live without it
Ice cream: I may be one of the few women in the world who doesn’t go crazy over ice cream. When I crave sweets, I want chewy, homemade cookies.
What superpower would you have and why?
I’d love to have a crystal ball to see into the future..