Born in Germany in 1971. A trained Gestalt Psychotherapist, I applied to the Academy for Glass and Jewellery in Kaufbeuren, Germany in 2002. I was very lucky that exception was made by the Academy to offer me a place in the exclusive jeweller’s class where, at the age of 32 I was by far the oldest student. I enjoyed three fantastic years inspired by my internationally respected teachers and the exuberance of my young colleagues.
During this apprenticeship (2002 to 2005) I won several awards and enjoyed work experience with Linneys in Broome, WA. With this prestigious jewellery retailer, I created a combination of my handmade glass beads and lustrous South Sea pearls.
In 2006, I held a solo exhibition at Pearler’s Row Gallery in Broome. My pieces were showcased in Broome’s Monsoon Gallery, McAlpine House and Cable Beach Club. For five years I was represented by Yallingup Galleries. Today, my jewellery is available at Fremantle Arts Centre, the Art Gallery of WA and The Lemon Tree in Dunsborough. In the South West, my work is represented by Jahroc Galleries in Margaret River, Petrichor Gallery in Walpole and Lava Glass Art in Bunbury. In 2011 I was awarded 2nd prize at the Vasse Art Awards.
Working with glass, engaged with its diversity and pushing the boundaries of glass beadmaking opens endless options. I constantly absorb colour, shape and texture, whatever I do and wherever I go. These impressions somehow work their way into my art. I combine precious Saltwater Pearls with my glass work. They form an intriguing partnership.
Many of the glasses I use to make my beads are still made according to centuries old formulae. There is glass resembling amber, others look like garnet, ruby, emerald, some have a mother of pearl sheen. No matter how beautiful the colours are, more and more formulas disappear. They were handed down from one generation of glass maker to the next. Unfortunately, today many of the traditional methods of glass production are giving way to lower standards of mass production glass with cheaper production costs – quality and tradition are disappearing. I still have contact with some traditional glass workers in Germany. They supply me with the precious glass only a few people have access to. It makes me very sad that once their cellars are empty these treasures are gone for ever…