Steve comes to SSG from Toronto, living in Sarasota part of the time. Retiring from the Toronto school system, Steve was an elementary school teacher working as a Drama Specialist. He was the Director of Storyteller School of Toronto hosting a major festival annually to maintain the oral tradition. Earning his Black Belt in Judo, he also has the distinction of being the Coach of the Ontario Judo Team.
With a background as Steve has had you ask how he ended up with an interest in glass. Well, he would take Anna to her classes and kill time waiting for her to finish. One day he decided to try his hand at this unusual art. So he took a Tools class at SSG and never looked back. He has been a regular at Open Studio with Anna ever since he first started. He has become an expert fuser and cutter as you can see from his work in dichro concentrating on miniature Tangrams. Tangram is an ancient Chinese puzzle made of 7 geometric shapes. Steve cuts these shapes forming pictures and designs with dichroic glass. Steve cuts these shapes forming pictures and designs with dichroic glass.
Anna started her jewelry career at the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design. Her concentration was making cloisinee jewelery and enamel on metal. She was awarded a one year scholorship at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta and then continued to study at the Bezalel Art Institute in Jerusalem. In Toronto she was an Art teacher in public and private schools. She is retired and has moved from making stained glass mosaics to fused glass jewellery. Anna has been a regular at SSG's Open Studio and continues her work in dichroic jewelry.
Steve and Anna will be leaving us soon for the Northland. I am looking forward to working with them next season in our studio.