"At 23, as a transplant to Williamston, I lived in an apartment a block from my job as a bartender. The studio was in the middle of the block. I would slow down to check out the window displays. I couldn't wrap my mind around how they put patterns in glass!? Looking back, I probably looked like a kid at the candy store, oogling and drooling over the sparkly glass. I was intriuged by the colors, the heat eminating from the doorway, the smell of smokey wood drifting down the street. I had to learn more about this...glassblowing. After a nudge in the right direction, I gathered up the courage to talk to Dave about an apprenticeship. He took me on the studio floor, and said, "Stand here." He slid open the furnace door and asked me if it scared me. I assumed he had just exposed a direct portal to hell, to which I responded, "No, but that's hot!" That's where my journey began. I watched the first day, asked questions. I was entranced by the glowing blobs being transformed into vases and ornaments. I went home and relentlessly watched every video I could Find on glassblowing. We face many challenges as glass blowers, the the most obvious is the heat . Not only is everything hot because you know "Fire! ", there is also a mental aspect. Our brain says "Danger! Get away!" but once your body realizes your brain is wrong, beautiful things happen. We also are challenged daily with timing, processes, muscle memory, failing, then failing again. Then one day, it all clicks and BAM! My idea has come to life! *Insert Frankenstein Lighting here* ALways keeping Rhonda's words of wisdom close by, saying "Don't worry about it." or my favorite, "One more time." These usually give me the encouragement to come out with a piece "Someone will love" Inspiration comes from all around us, sometimes it's the vibrancy of nature and the world we live in. Other times, I choose colors based on a feeling, or a state of mind. I want to be transposed through my piece. I believe art speaks to our soul as well as our eyes, no two souls see the exact same beauty. Most of all, I am inspired by women being rare to nill in the hot shops throughout glass history. The times have changed and we are able to show off our talents. I am proud to learn the techniques and secrets, share ideas, and maybe one day be a household name as a female artist. "