Andrea Laura Tatkon-Coker

I have always enjoyed working with my hands. As a child, I was taught to knit, make felt hats, ribbon flowers and sew with my grandparents and great grandparents. My great grandmother was a milliner and my great-grandfather was a tailor, and I would sit by their side and learn valuable lessons when I was growing up in New York City. Several years ago, I apprenticed myself to a stain glass worker in northern Michigan and worked on stained glass pieces and foiling. I then graduated to fusing and was hooked. I still weave, spin, do pottery, make paper and marble paper, wreath making, drawing, painting and working on quilts. In my free time, I try new things such as becoming a student with a master flute maker and learning to make American Indian Flutes. I have, with a lot of assistance, made two so far this year. But my joy has been working with glass.

I enjoy learning by doing and I am still learning. I plan on continuing to learn throughout the rest of my life.