.[The Mistress behind the madness].
|Ok, well you''ve obviously come here to find out who I am, what I do and who''s pants are those... |
.[Who]. - Samantha Stitz
.[What]. - I am... and just that.
.[Where]. - BrisVegas, Australia
Between 2003 and 2004 I obtained my Certificate III & IV in Business Administration, excelling at accounting and database creation while working for myself freelance.
As a result in a move in 2004 I fell into sales and the construction industry which I unknowingly ended up loving.
Since 2006 I have been dabbling in the realms of jewellery making which has since resulted in "the stash" aka, a legitimate excuse to purchase and play with shiny things without looking like a bag lady.
In 2008 I had a life changing moment when my mother purchased a dichroic glass pendant and made the mistake of showing me. I had a light bulb moment and realised I _HAD_ to learn how to make these wonderful creations. Thanks to the internet, the purchase of a kiln and many hours of fiddling you can all see the result of my obsession.
In 2010 after two years of attempting to put up an online store, Hextasy - Designs of Decadence is now fully operational.
Now to make matters worse, in 2010 I started crossing paths with various lampwork beads, the same lightbulb moment and itch of I _HAD_ to learn how to do this happened all over again. I started out with a hot head melting glass on my back veranda with the BBQ gas cylinder and discovered that hey "Burning things rocks!" from there my dad suggested that I borrow his welding oxy bottle. What a mistake that was! he was not to get it back!
SO, another kiln later and a dodgy table in the garage is where I started with my Cricket, but I wasn't satisfied, nope, I upgraded to a Norton Mega Minor and just recently "the beast" a Nortel Red Max apparently big Red wasn't enough and topped off the studio with "the tank" aka a Bethlehem Bravo.
In 2014 I was very unfortunate to have a work accident, tearing the TFC cartilage in the middle of my right wrist. This lead to a hand that was rendered inoperable for 18 months due to a wrong specialist diagnosis until I was finally able to have surgery to correct this. For a creative type and being my dominant hand this was the kiss of death on my glass creations. However it was also a very humbling experience, which in turn never dulled my obsession with glass.
As with all things, change is inevitable and with my hand healed to it's best, in 2017, I decided after 5 years of working crazy hours in a job with no work life balance to pull the pin and change careers. While I still work full time, the change of role has allowed me to get back to focusing on what I have always loved. Glass. So after much shuffling around I now have a full blown torch studio setup which I can not spend enough waking hours in. If i'm not doing, I am dreaming about what I will make next, the challenge of working with glass is never ending obsession for me. Thankfully I am blessed with a partner who is nothing but encouraging and understanding of this.