With some money in my pocket one day, I decided to treat myself to whatever I found interesting at the local antique mall. I selected a large orange and black art glass vase. I found it strangely attractive, and captivating. I named it “monarch” as the colors remind me of a monarch butterfly. It is also the monarch & the queen, the first piece I ever collected.
Over time my collection grew. I enjoy all kinds of glass including Bohemian and Czech glass, early American art glass, carnival glass, vaseline glass, Italian glass, modern studio glass, mid-century glass, Fenton glass etc. There is no single glass arena or style limiting my enthusiasm for glass.
It is fun and at the same time a challenge to find and then identify a nice piece of art glass. So much vintage glass is not signed or marked. It’s kind of like treasure hunting when you find something attractive and valuable, or you are able to identify the maker.
After time, and studying, and becoming knowledgeable about glass, I began buying to resell in antique malls and online. You really have to know glass to make money on glass “flips” and as a glass dealer.
Collecting ultimately inspired me to try making glass. I knew I had a serious attraction to glass and decided to take some classes and see if I enjoyed making it.
I don’t do much collecting anymore, as my focus is on my own glass works. Vintage glass has a strong influence in my style. Much of my work is a modern take on a vintage look, finish, or technique.