“Welcome to my world of warm glass—a world both solid and fluid, craft and art, clarity and mystery, and always an element of surprise. As I continue to explore this exciting medium, my excitement grows with each new work, opening new doors all along the way.”
Frances’ professional career over the past thirty years certainly speaks for her willingness to re-invent herself. Beginning with a Masters Degree in Social Work, Frances worked as a clinical therapist, then as an administrator (both in Michigan). Then a move to upstate New York led to teaching at the State University of New York. After she and her husband, Ed, settled in Ventura, California, she taught Social Work at UCSB extension and did some clinical work but finally gave into her love of architecture and design. True to her character, Frances jumped into that world at the retail furniture level while learning about the field of interior design. In the meantime, she enrolled in as many art classes as her schedule would allow at Ventura College, exploring printmaking, silkscreening, figure drawing, ceramics and sculpture with some of Ventura’s best artists.
In 1975, Frances opened a design studio, soon tested to qualify as a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, opening her own design studio, and ultimately opened Gold Coast Design Center, a resource for other designers in the area. In both of these venues Frances hosted art shows for many of the leading artists in the area .
Having always loved any art form involving glass, and having wished often that she had the time to pursue this passion, Frances finally took the plunge into classes and never looked back. Thank goodness for her husband, Ed, who has always been supportive and who truly challenged her to “just do it”. Frances’ first solo show took place within two years of starting on this exciting past, and she’s been fortunate to have her work well accepted in the art community, and among her private collectors.
Frances is currently teaching workshops in fused glass at Santa Barbara City College. And her professional associations include Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, Ca.; Studio Channel Islands Art Association, Camarillo, Ca.; Thousand Oaks Art Association, Thousand Oaks, Ca.; Art Association of the Conejo Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
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