Wayne started his professional career as a geologist; quickly realizing that a higher degree was the key to a more challenging future. After earning a Master’s Degree in engineering from the University of Arizona he spent 30 years as a mining engineer working on projects all over the world — gold, copper, molybdenum and other hard rock minerals.
Early on he realized that he had another creative desire that led him first to black and white photography and then to glass. He first learned stained glass techniques in 1979. He followed this hobby for many years, perfecting his technique using his engineering skills to create pieces that were not only pleasing to the eye but structurally sound. His cuts were made with unique precision resulting in pieces with a depth of detail not often achieved by the hobbyist.
After retiring from the mining industry, he discovered kiln-fused glass. He started with creating birds, flowers and butterflies for the garden. Not long after his first lessons, the student became the teacher, quickly acquiring a following of students wanting to learn his techniques for garden art. He has moved on to include focal point sculptural glass objects, unique themed plates, woven pieces and vessels. His passion is to push the envelope of his creativity and experiment with techniques to produce objects of beauty and often with a bit of whimsy. He takes inspiration from nature and sometimes the style of painters he admires — but his work is always a reflection of his attention to structural detail and characteristics of the glass he is working with.
Wayne is also an accomplished tango dancer, teacher and DJ. He was a former Artist in Residence and teacher of creative glass fusion at Western Art Glass in Salt Lake City. He is a member of the Glass Art Guild of Utah and he has won awards in both 2012 and 2013. He accepts custom and commissioned work.
Sally has been making jewelry for over 20 years since moving to Utah. She first started designing bracelets as a stress relief activity from her work responsibilities. Designing and handcrafting jewelry has become a constant companion while still pursing her career in the law and public service. Having lived in several western states she learned to appreciate the beauty in stones such as turquoise, agates and jaspers, so was drawn to use natural stones in various cuts and sizes. Then she added other natural materials such as pearls and amber that complemented the stones. Her “signature” was to always include one special focal bead. Crystal and glass beads were later added to the mix. Having received compliments and encouragement for her work she began designing more challenging projects, necklaces and ensembles.
In an on-going quest to find the perfect focal bead or component, creating her own was a logical next step. A hand crafted cabochon of beautiful glass can stand on its own, adapt nicely to other materials or inspire a wire wrap. She has always loved the colors and tactile elements of the materials she uses and works to create jewelry that is both pleasing to the eye and a joy to wear.
She especially enjoys the process of creating custom designs from a “found” object, treasured vintage beads or old costume jewelry brought to her by friends.