Sharon has had a love of things handmade since childhood. Her grandmother, Sarah, with infinite patience, taught her how to knit and embroider. Later, having worked for a needlecraft company, she began making quilts. Interested in other forms of art, Sharon turned her direction toward a smaller scale of art and glass beads became her obsession. Sharon has been making lampworked glass beads since 1996, having studied with a number of renowned beadmakers. A juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, she has served as Vice President of Standards & Chair of the Show Selection Committee.
Sharon’s beads are created using an oxygen/gas torch and colored rods of glass. The glass is heated and “wound” around a steel rod, then carefully shaped and decorated using additional glass. Finally, the beads are placed into a kiln to anneal, a process of slowly cooling to strengthen the glass. The cold-connections, wire wrapping and, now, soldered jewelry comes naturally, not only to enhance the beads, but also to create a line of exciting and innovative jewelry.