I joined Artistic Portland in February 2014 when we were located in the Hollywood District. I had recently moved back to Portland and was looking for a place to sell my work in addition to weekend art shows.
Where are you from?
I grew up in Montana and lived in New Jersey for a couple of years, but Portland has been my home since the early 90s.
What jobs have you had other than being an artist?
I worked for a short while in retail, but the majority of my experience has been in administrative support roles. Most recently I worked for a company in a financial capacity and got to play with money all day!
Where did the name “Blue Fox Glass” come from?
Blue Fox is a nickname I use in some outdoor games I play so when I was trying to come up with my business name it was the first thing that came to mind.
A former co-worker brought in a stained glass panel she made and I thought to myself “I can make that.” Within a week I had signed up for a stained glass class. I worked in stained glass for about 15 years before taking a break from it. In the fall of 2009, I decided to get back into glass and bought my first kiln.
How would you describe your style in three words?
FUNctional, whimsical, colorful
I am continually amazed at the creative works I see made from glass. I am fascinated by the colors and the “magic” that happens inside the kiln. Some glass changes color when exposed to the high heat so I don’t always know what I will see when I open the lid. All the glass I use is manufactured in Portland and I love being able to handpick each sheet of glass I use.
What frustrates you about glass?
Glass can be temperamental at times. There are some days I can’t seem to get a straight cut no matter what I do. Many factors come into play such as the temperature of the glass, the brittleness of the particular sheet of glass, or how hard I press down when I’m scoring.
Though my style is constantly changing, I seem to circle back to mosaic-style pieces. We always had a jigsaw puzzle in progress as a child and there is a sense of satisfaction when all the pieces fit together nicely.
Where is your studio?
I turned one of our extra bedrooms into my studio where I do all my designing and cutting. An old door and a counter-top sitting on top of a set of cabinets I found at the Habitat for Humanity store serve as my cutting surface and a wire storage rack in the closet holds my stash of glass sheets. The kilns (I have two!) are in the garage. My husband would say that the whole house is my studio since another bedroom was turned into the photo studio to photograph my pieces and various items can be found in the kitchen either waiting to be photographed or put back into the kiln for a second firing.
I wish I was more right-brained than I am. My strong left-brain comes in handy for the record-keeping part of my business, but I struggle to see things in abstract.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Some might say I have a bit of daredevil in me. I think the scariest thing I have done was bungee jump 440’ above a canyon in New Zealand. I was slightly under the minimum weight requirement so they added a couple weights around my waist. Talk about a rush!