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 and got into several which I will be attending this summer. In order for me to attend and make this dream a reality I need to raise $3,400 for my tuition. My dream is to learn new techniques and rekindle my love of glass art so I can make art to share with others and 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.