Artist, Debbi L. Homola


I was hooked on glass at a very young age when I was mesmerized by a flameworking booth in Disneyland. To keep me inspired and to get me away from lingering at the booth, my grandmother, also an artist, bought me a glass bird in a nest that day. Little did I realize that little bird sitting on the window sill of my studio today would be the catalyst to creating treasures of my own out of glass someday.

I am a full-time glass artist and instructor who has been making glass beads since 2003. I never know when or where inspiration is going to strike. I could be outside in my yard, walking through a fabric store, looking at my friend's nature photographs, clothing designs or just doodling. I enjoy creating something that adds a touch of color, sparkle and joy to other people's lives. I do this by designing and creating intricate glass beads with everything from dots and flower motifs to organics and abstracts. Striving to create larger, more complex designs and objects is my current challenge.

I have studied with exceptional glass artists such as Paul Stankard, Tom and Sage Holland, Kristen Frantzen-Orr, Michael Barley, Jennifer Geldard, Claudia Timbur-Pagel, JCHerrell, and Kristina Logan, as well as taking college classes on color design.

I teach my beadmaking skills in private lessons in my studio in Novelty, Ohio. I have been invited and shared the art and history of lampworking to other art groups, such as the Johnson County Kansas Senior Arts Council and Harrisonville Fine Arts Club.

My work has been featured in The Kansas City Star and I am a past president of Olathe Visual Artists.

I have participated in several Midwest regional art shows and festivals throughout the years. See my events page for any upcoming shows.