I have been creating flameworked beads in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle since 2005. My work has been featured in Bead Review 2. I also do some glass testing for Creation is Messy, and my beads can be seen on their website at
The dichro stringers and dichro shards in my store are my creation and can be found no where else! These are a wonderful, worry-free way to add the sparkle of dichro to your lampwork without the usual hassle of working with dichroic glass. All the dichro is double encased so no more worries about scumming.
Glass is my sanity! In my "other life" I am an Emergency Rooom nurse in a very busy ER in the hospital in my community. I have certifications in both adult and pediatric emergency nursing and am also trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) for both adults and children. After a hectic 12 hour shift, I love the zen-like relaxation that comes from working with molten glass in the flame - nothing like concentrating on keeping hot glass in place to take your mind off of a bad day!
I created my line of Autism/Aspergers Awareness jewelry to help spread awareness of these disorders that will affect 1 out of every 166 children. My son Gene has Aspergers Disorder so spreading awareness of these disorders is very personal for me. I also create Awareness jewelry for other causes that have personal meaning to me such as Breast Cancer, and I hope to have pieces promoting awareness of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse in the future as I see much of this in my daily work.