This is artwork I made between 2001-2009, when I had just set up my neon studio. After having spent the previous 10 years working for other neon shops, I was so happy to finally be able to relax and take my time in the fires! I spent a lot of time just playing around with the hot glass and experimenting with my bending practice. It was during this period when I developed a technique to create little embellishments in my tubes, which I like to call “glowing bubbles.” I like to make pieces that are colorful and flowing and use stained (classic) neon tubing for the richest colors. I also incorporated cut glass shapes and marbles into many of these earlier pieces.