I began my career in glass in 1986 at The Glass Eye in Seattle, Washington. After two years of production work, Dale Chihuly hired me at his studio as one of his lead gaffers.
Over the last 20+ years, I have maintained my working relationship with Dale in both on-staff and consultative roles.
While working with Chihuly, I had the good fortune to begin an additional collaborative relationship with Benjamin Moore, founder of B.M.I studios. Through these two key relationships, as well as time studying at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Pilchuck Glass School, I’ve had the honor of learning from many great glass artists including Lino Tagliapietra, Dan Dailey, Dante Marioni, Preston Singletary and Robbie Miller.
Studying with all of these distinguished artists provided me with a unique opportunity to gain a broad base of technical skills from which to develop my own art.
From 2002 – 2008, I established and managed Cunningham Glass hot shop. This space was unique in that I offered shared studio time and materials on an hourly basis with artists from across the Northwest. While choosing to close the studio to focus on collaborative projects in the Greater Seattle Area in 2008, I have never stopped creating and showing my glass across the United States. In addition, it has been a privilege and honor to teach technique and concept design throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.
In 2012 our son Finn was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and began a treatment program that lasted for 3.5 years. During this time I put my glass career on hold and joined the carpenters union to begin a 5 year stint working for a concrete contractor building high rise buildings in Seattle. What an absolutely amazing experience this was! First and formost, the idea was to make sure that we had ample insurance coverage for whatever lay ahead, second I felt the need to focus on something completely different to assist in transitioning into our new life. I have never experienced anything like it before or since, as this challenge was difficult and humbling. Two of our dear friends in the glass community Jenny Whitlinger and John Kiley took it upon themselves to raise awareness and funding for Finn in the form of an auction that took place at Dale Chihuly’s Boathouse Studio in the spring of 2012. The entire glass community came out to support us and raised funds to insure that we would be able to handle whatever came our way. We are forever grateful towards Jenny and John and everyone that joined us to “Help Finn Win”! I am pleased to say that Finn is doing well and is a healthy and wonderful boy!