Introducing myself is actually much harder than introducing what I love to do: admire, cut, sculpt and melt glass.
My name is Emilie (the title says it all!) and I work, live, and play in one of the most inspiring cities in all of the Midwest, Madison, WI. Although I work in higher education by day, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, snuggling with my kitties, reading, playing viola and cooking by night. I began working with glass at a young age when my mom taught me the principles of stained glass construction. I learned a lot of the basics, including following patterns, cutting glass, copper foil / lead came wrapping, and assembling with solder. I knew that ever since that point, I was hooked.
Several years later, my mom (once again) introduced me to new types of glass art. We took several classes at Wild Apple Glass Studio & Gallery in Menasha, WI, Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah, WI, and The Vinery Stained Glass Studio in Madison, WI. I openly blame each of these studios for getting me unbelievably addicted to this hobby. I appreciate it, though! Every time I wear a fused pendant or a bracelet made of flame-worked beads, I hear such positive remarks. More often than not, I hear the question: “Where can I do that?” Although it can become pretty expensive to set up a home studio, there are a lot of local places that offer glass art classes. Be careful though… you may just get hooked and follow in my footsteps, writing an About Me page on your very own website.