Denise M. Novak has been working in the arts for about thirty years, starting with fine jewelry, moving to paper arts, and finally finding a home with warm glass about eight years ago. After studying English and psychology at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and continuing with a Master’s degree in education from Northwestern University, she settled down to teach elementary school, then junior high, and finally high school in a variety of settings from urban Chicago to rural Illinois to suburban Columbus, Ohio.
All of these experiences contributed to her fundamental belief that Creativity is Contagious. This philosophy was recently reinforced by coursework taken to become a gifted intervention specialist at Bexley High School where she retired from in 2010. To satisfy her artistic curiosity, Denise has studied disciplines ranging from art history to pottery to jewelry making. But none of these moved her the way that glass does. From Japanese fans and Vatican mosaics, to Chinese temples and Peruvian textiles, the influence of her world travels may be seen in her designs. Denise works out of her studio in Westerville, Ohio, and lives with her husband, Bruce and dog Dandy.