Stephanie is from a family of artists and collectors and has been making jewelry since she was a child. She challenges herself by using both the old and the new together. Whether shiny or pitted, glass or fiber, she strives to incorporate multiple elements into her work that give it depth, color, and texture. She has been making her own glass beads for over fifteen years and they are the focal point of all of her jewelry designs. For inspiration she draws on varied sources, including textiles, ancient art and the natural world.
Her unique approach to glass bead-making and contemporary jewelry design has led her to teach at craft schools and glass studios around the world. She’s lectured at many conferences and societies, such as the Bead Society of Greater New York and the International Society of Glass Beadmakers 2003, 2006 and 2008 annual Gatherings. She has sold her own work in many well-respected venues including the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s annual Craft Show and SOFA, both Chicago and New York.
Stephanie’s jewelry and beads have been spotlighted in the pages of many publications including The History of Beads, The Washington Post, Contemporary Lampworking, and her own book, Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads, published in March of 2008 by Interweave Press.