My first bead making classes were taken at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I have had the incredible honor to study with many glass greats, including Doug Remschneider, Brent Graber, Sabina Boehm, Steven Hagstrom, Milon Townsend and John Kobuki. More recently because of the increased availability of virtual learning that list has expanded to include Julie Anne Denton, Bronwen Heilman and Andrew Pollack. I have been blessed to be able to teach classes at the same annual convention where I got my start. My students truly inspire me to pursue new techniques and continue to practice my skills and artistry.
A Touch of Glass was "born" in 2018 in a former saloon built in 1886 in the beautiful historic town of Waupaca in central Wisconsin. Only a few miles from the Chain "O" Lakes community it is a great place to live and work. I purchased an old church just a few months ago and since our original downtown Waupaca is currently closed because of a huge road construction project I have moved the working studio and gallery. Complete with stunning stained glass windows the former site of St Patrick's Catholic Church was built in 1888 and provides me with so much more space...especially for classes! So now - A Touch of Glass - Town is temporarily closed (will reopen for the holidays) and A Touch of Glass - Country will open Memorial weekend 2021.
I have been active in artisan shows throughout the United States. In addition to appearing on PBS Television and “Waupaca Now”, my work has has been published in several books including Lark Publisher’s “1000 Beads”, Kalmbach Publishing’s “Irina’s Inspirations for Jewelry” by Irina Miech, “Collaborate: Friends in the Making” by Brenda Schweder as well as numerous magazines.