I melt glass to relax!
I began Empty Nest Glassworks in 2008, using a technique known as Lampworking. As I was preparing to send my only child off to college, I knew I needed a new way to channel my creative energy. Lampworking totally meets my love of fire, allows me to clear my mind and simply “be” with my glass, and experiment with layering and crushing multiple rods of glass to create wonderful color combinations.
When I’m not melting glass, I serve as a nonprofit leader with more than 25 years of experience in agency/project management and community collaboration. In addition to providing strategic leadership for nonprofits and community coalitions, I am skilled in public speaking and writing, and have built a cadre of connections around the country through being selected as a fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In 2013, I was named President of the Nashua West Rotary Club, best known for our annual fundraising event known as Rock’n Ribfest. I’m also proud to say that I was named one of Nashua’s 25 Extraordinary Women in 2013 by The Telegraph. Melting glass is the best stress reliever! I do my best to avoid the stress of custom orders, and selling items online… but am always happy to invite people to my studio to see my glass creations first-hand. I look forward to sharing my work with you.
Betsy Houde, Empty Nest Glassworks