I live in Pretoria , South Africa but am originally from the Netherlands. I have devoted the last 13 years solely to glass art. My background lies in jewellery manufacturing as a goldsmith and as a hobby I loved to paint. Both have been neglected since my affair with melting glass.
I have an insatiable need to push the boundaries in glass bead art, to try new ways to add techniques into the beads, some from the glassblowing world, some from other art influences. The beads I love very much right now are the "Face it" series beads which are "painted" in the flame of the torch and the off mandrel hollow beads, in all shapes and sizes, I love to decorate them with shards , twisties dichroic glass, murrini and enamels etc... It has taken a lot of practice and I am still perfecting the techniques daily. It has opened up endless new possibilities for me and I love to create wearable glass art necklaces, with the least amount of non-glass materials.
Besides beadmaking, teaching has been a big part of my life for the last 6 years, I love to pass on my latest techniques! In return I feel so grateful to be asked to teach and to experience countries that I would never have had the opportunity to see, and the amazing friends I have made on my travels around the world.