My love of the natural world started as a kid, catching bugs in the garden and playing in the tide pools where I grew up in the Puget Sound of Washington. That same enthusiasm drives me now that I live on a tropical island in the middle of the pacific ocean and Flameworked glass has given me a creative outlet for my passion

 

Photo courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr

Photo courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr

Flameworking glass became part of my life within the first month after moving to Maui in 1996. Hiking in the forests of Hawaii was part of my life from day one. I felt an immediate kinship with the Hawaiian landscape, where the flora & fauna have the highest rate of endemic species anywhere in the world. I have gained a wealth of knowledge about Hawaii’s native plants through countless hours hiking, taking photographs and volunteering with many conservation groups.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosenblad

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosenblad

As my botanical knowledge has increased so has my skill at working with glass. Each piece is a puzzle that takes time, energy and skill to solve. Glass presents a wonderful challenge I thoroughly enjoy, never working the same way twice. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to give demonstrations overseas meet, work with and teach other amazing artists. I create my borosilicate sculpture for private collections and many local galleries.Through glass sculpture, I endeavor to inspire others by sharing the love and passion I have for Hawaii's unique and endangered ecosystems.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosenblad

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosenblad