"Go To Your Studio And Make Stuff". I took Fred Babb’s advice long before I ever had a studio. As a child growing up in Connecticut, I often brought home leaves, plants, rocks, and shells that I found on various outdoor "treasure hunts". I would turn them into posters, jewelry, or whatever else caught my fancy. I was always the happiest when I was either outside in the middle of nature, or at home "making stuff".
My earliest relationship with glass came about when I began collecting and trading marbles with the neighborhood kids. When I discovered that I could super-heat the "clearies" (by throwing them onto the coil of my parents' caged space heater from the ‘60’s), place them in ice water, and end up with crackle-glass marbles, I began a whole new "line" of jewelry. All this at the tender age of 9 - how I kept from burning down the house is beyond me.
Ah, but mucking about with glass wasn’t quite enough. The following summer, I took a clothing construction class at the local Singer store and thus began my obsession with fabric, thread, and yarn. After years of making clothing and creating works with crochet, cross stitch, crewel embroidery, rug hooking, and needlepoint, I discovered the world of quilting. This is where I developed my sense of color – glorious color!
Many years later, an afternoon stroll in the Cow Hollow area of San Francisco provided me with my first Fred Babb encounter. I came home with a canvas bag proclaiming his prophetic words. The concept of studio was foreign to me, but it had a nice sound to it. A short time later I learned how to create earrings with beads and wire, and a whole new world of jewelry making opened up to me. Fast forward a few more years - I started making those wonderful glass beads that I had incorporated into my jewelry. There I was, back in the world of glass again, loving every minute of it! I gained a total appreciation for that word "studio", and Jumping Jack Glass was born.
Fiber called out to me again while I was selling my glass and jewelry creations at a show in 2008. I came face-to-face with the world of felting, and fell totally in love. I now have two studios - the "glass lab" and the "wet lab" - and you never know where you'll find me at any given moment. But it's almost certain that I'll be "making stuff" in one place or another, even if I'm not in one of my studios.
Introduction to wet felting workshop: Chinook, WA
Wet felted vessel: Fremont, CA
Wet felting over a resist: Bead & Button Show 2015
Wet felted vessel: ISGB Gathering, New Orleans 2016
Wet felted shoulder bag: ISGB Gathering, Las Vegas 2017
Shirley the Student