It all started with a desire to have something I couldn't find anywhere. I wanted a simple hand painted glass depicting a shell and embellished with my monogram. I also wanted to see the same image from both the front and back side of the glass. I'd never seen anything like it anywhere. Seeing as I couldn't find what I wanted I had to make it. I had to teach myself to reverse glass paint each image so that my glasses would be equally beautiful from both sides. It took me years of practicing to learn the reverse glass painting technique.
My first custom hand painted wine glasses were a Christmas gift to my husband. Each glass had a different seashell and our monogram and our childrens' names. He loved them as did all our friends. They encouraged me to sell them, but, I did not pursue it actively for 15 more years...it was such a personal and intimate labor of love that I did not see it as a business so instead I gave them away as gifts or donated them to worthy causes to be auctioned off. Eventually, my passion for producing a timeless, beautiful, heirloom that could be passed down among generations like I wanted for my children won out...It was important to me to make something aesthetically pleasing, something personal, something that would have significance and a timeless appeal... My hand painted glassware are all made in the U.S.A. and hand painted in Florida and Vermont by me exclusively.