A life threatening illness in my 30’s left me with some lasting physical challenges. I had to find new ways to relate to the world around me. It was sudden and unexpected and I was required to walk through the fire of transformation. A pivotal point of healing was a trip to the beach with my family. For the first time since my illness I was able walk the beach with my children. We walked, slowly, and collected sea glass. It was so simple and so monumental. I wanted to create something special with the glass we collected. I found the courage to attend a smithing class. It gave light to a part of me I never knew existed. Like my designs, I have more character, depth, and color because of my transformational experiences. I continue to walk through the fire, to forge something new and to support my burning desire to know myself.