I always knew, even from the earliest age, that I would be an artist. Crayons, paint, and glue were the main components of my childhood. At Tyler School of Art, I was introduced to the metals studio, and I was instantly hooked. Holding a jewelers’ saw in my hand for the first time, I knew I had found my passion. As a student I focused on tableware as well as jewelry. I am a natural object maker. I am a sculptor intent on creating pieces that stand the test of time.
My work as an artist is constantly evolving. I continuously experiment with new ideas and new techniques, though I stay grounded in the past. I am fascinated with the centuries old Bohemian cold work glass technique. Cold working does not use heat but ,rather, water to keep the glass cool while manipulating it using abrasives such as sandblasting, grinding, drilling and cutting. When designing my work, the materials help guide me in my design choices.
I am inspired by the natural world and our relationship to it. My pieces pay homage to changing forces that shape our landscape—both natural and manmade. I seek to create harmony in my work, and find balance between our need to shape our environment while preserving and respecting the natural world. Each series begins with a distinct inspiration or concept. I base the initial piece on an image, a moment in nature and experiment to come up with my ‘visual language’ that tells a story for the series. As each piece progresses, my work evolves, and becomes more abstract. I seek to capture fleeting beauty and encourage the viewer to think about their own relationship to the natural world.
I currently live in Collingswood, NJ with my husband, glass artist Pavel Novak, and our 7 year old son, Evan.