She was attending Purdue University, majoring in computer science, when one morning she woke up and realized that she could have a "real" career and be unhappy or take a chance and go for a vocation that she would enjoy. She changed her major to Theater and Costume Design.
After graduating, she worked at theater jobs in the Portland, Oregon area until she realized that she could make as much from her art, mainly paintings at that point, as she was in the theater. It was then that she starting creating full time.
To make a long story short, she moved to Carmel, California where, along with her current partner and a myriad of cats whom she adores, she creates beautiful glass works. Her skills include glass blowing, casting, carving, etching, painting and so much more. She has a blog dedicated to her love of her cats. One article about her cat, Buckaroo Banzai and his favorite song, brought tears to my eyes.
Her other blog The Art of Joy Alyssa Day is where you can find her blog posts about the other featured artists from It's Better Handmade.
Here are some of her amazing works.