In 2012 my life was shattered and everything I knew changed. 2012-2014 brought so much change, upheaval and depression that it left me unsure what to even do next. I felt lost, alone and completely without direction. I began taking some art classes in order to get out of my own head and that resulted in me taking classes in stained and fused glass. I fell in love with glass as a medium and after working with fused glass for a while I tried flameworking and glass blowing with a torch. I loved working with the glass and the torch and the creative possibilities it offered. Throughout 2016 and into 2017 I experimented with the torch making glass implosion pendants, small blown ornaments and vessels and exploring as many techniques as I could. In October of 2017 I was hospitalized for a week due to a still undiagnosed gastrointestinal issue and underwent testing in the months following. Shortly after that in January of 2018 I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease and began treatment for that which made me very sick for the next 5-6 months. During this time I stopped doing all my art including glass and my depression and anxiety began spiraling. This fall I decided to try to take control of my life and pursue my dreams again. I took a one day class in making small glass birds on a torch (the pictures on here are from that class). It was very simple compared to what I had been doing but it rekindled my desire to pursue further instruction and exploration in glass art using a torch. I applied for classes at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York not expecting to get in but much to my surprise I received my confirmation for one class and after a week on the waiting list got a confirmation for my top choice class. The classes are both a week long and are at Corning’s Glass school in New York led by top artists in the field. The first is from the end of January into February and the second is later in February. In order for me to attend and make this dream a reality I need to raise $3,154 for my tuition, room & board before December 1st or I will lose my spot in the program. (UPDATE: I am still working to raise the remaining balance due for my classes but I am confirmed for both. Someone has graciously lent me the money for the portion I hadn’t raised yet to give me more time. The school has been paid but I will be continuing to work to raise the remaining amount to pay back the outstanding balance.) I will also need to get to Corning (I will probably end up driving) but right now I am just focusing on raising what I need for the program. My dream is to learn new techniques and rekindle my love of glass art so I can make art to share with others any maybe someday even teach others the art I have enjoyed so much. I named my glass art Infinitely Fearless Designs several years ago when I set up my website, Facebook and started doing fairs and I want to embrace that again and set aside my thoughts and fears and go into this new chapter in my life Fearlessly. I hope that in someway you will be able to partner with me in this as I make these steps.