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Collaboration with Chris Sherwin

How many years did Chris and I talk about taking this happen? 5? 10? Well, recently, it happened. I took a short trek up to Bellows Falls, VT where we collaborated on 3 pieces. The results a merge of soft glass lampworked elements and California style glasswork. Thanks Chris!

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Demo at R.A. Georgetti & Co.

We recently spent the weekend in beautiful Mystic, CT. The demo at R.A. Georgetti was a great success and a great time! It was fun to converse and engage with everyone and I enjoyed the many thoughtful questions and interest about the paperweights. This was the third year that I have done this event and we always enjoy getting down to the shore. Georgetti has the biggest selection of my paperweights in the WORLD! A big thank you to Rick, his family and his entire staff. They were very welcoming and wonderful hosts!

Enjoy the photos! 

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2019 Paperweight Collector's Association Convention

This was our 2nd National Convention, and boy, did we have fun! My favorite part of any paperweight event is seeing old friends and meeting so many new collectors that I also consider my friends. The highlight of the weekend was the visit to the Flint Art Museum in Flint Michigan. I discovered unbeknownst to me that one of my pieces was in the museum! How flattering!

Enjoy the photos!

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Engraving Class with Matteo Seguso 

In the summer of 2018, I was the recipient of a full scholarship to the Corning Museum of Glass workshop, “Engraving” with Matteo Seguso. This scholarship was given by the Texas Paperweight Collector's Association. It was an invaluable experience and I hope to use the knowledge I gained in future work. 

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NEPCA 40th Anniversary Weekend

It was a fun filled weekend at the New England Paperweight Association's 40th Anniversary weekend. Glass demos collaborations started at the Worcester Craft Center’s New Street Glass Studio with Melissa Ayotte and Tarsitano and then Clinton Smith & Chris Sherwin, followed by lamoworking demos by Melissa and Debbie rounded out the afternoon. 

A lovely cocktail hour and  five course dinner at the historic Worcester Club concluded the evening. Each of the demo artists hosted a table and good conversations by all were had.

The following day, dealers and artists had their paperweights tables ready for sale and the day consisted of a presentation, "All in the Family” with artists Melissa and Rick Ayotte, collectors John and Toby Hawley, and dealers Alan Kaplan and Susie Kaplan Jacobson discussing their families and connections to the paperweight world. The afternoon program consisted of Debbie Tarsitano presentation, “New Directions”  and the Honoring Roger Jacobsen – Founding Member of NEGC.