Elizabeth melted her first piece of glass about five years ago at a workshop in the wonderful "Starfish" studio that used to be on Yates Street in Victoria, BC, Canada. Since then she has been passionate about glass as an art form, with a special interest in recycled materials. Her work is created from discarded bottles, chipped serving dishes and old stemware along with other small scraps of glass from any source she can access. Discarded windows from heritage houses and unwanted mirrors are often used as the base for her work.
Elizabeth’s studio is now in her home, and she has scoured the internet to learn as much as she can about kiln-forming and other glass techniques. One of her favourite "precision tools" is a sledgehammer and her kiln runs most days of the year. She makes her own plaster molds to add details (such as hearts, insects, seashells and musical notes) to her work.
"I've done several commissions lately. I love these projects, often using elements from the glass collections of those who ask me to create custom pieces for them. This is a way to preserve glass objects that might otherwise go unused or even be discarded. For me, it's always a thrill to work with people\'s treasured items and give them a new life -- no longer are they sad and chipped dust collectors -- they are now part of a piece of art that has a featured place in the home."
BACKGROUND: Although Elizabeth’s very first post-secondary experience was in an art program at Langara College in Vancouver, she drifted into education, obtaining an MA in Educational Psychology which led to a career in education technology. But technology is something she sees as a means to an end. Information literacy and critical thinking are what she believes should be the main goals of education in this information–rich era, along with the things that make us human (like the arts) and allow us to connect in important ways. Several years ago she wrote a children’s book (\"Echoes from the Square\") with the power of the arts as its theme.