self-portraitWhen I was a kid, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to grow up to be a geek or an artist, so I became both.

Well, technically, I became four people: A technologist, a glassist, a sculptor and a writer (not necessarily in that order).

Geekwise, I became addicted to gadgets, er, computers, at the age of six, while taking a bath with my sister. I discovered that whapping the water with my fingertips made a keyboard-like sound. Then my dad realized I was cheaper than buying a third hand when he needed to solder components onto a Healthkit circuit board…

Next thing you know I was making oscilloscopes and lusting after gadgets. I was hooked.

I worked three jobs (ag lab tech, medical transcriptionist, and janitor) to pay for my habit until someone told me that people who write for computer magazines get free tech toys. A thousand resumes (and much begging) later, I was hired as a computer reviewer at a great computer magazine. After a few years of 80-hour workweeks, I wound up editor of BYTE Magazine.

What I liked best about journalism was reaching a million people with my words. When I saw that the web could reach billions…once again, I was hooked.

Now I work as an information architect and content strategist, which basically means I figure out how to make our company’s websites put the right information in the right place so the right people make the right choices.

I still geek out about gadgets. I’m anxiously awaiting a place to put my CNC machine, getting bored with my 3D printer, working on computerizing my kiln (more), and figuring out how to add moisture sensors to my over-computerized kiln…

…which is probably why I was so drawn to glass when I discovered I could sculpt. Glasswork is as difficult and demanding as you want to make it, technically speaking. Of all the glass art practices, casting is probably the most demanding, and of the casting practices, a technique known as pate de verre is at once the oldest and–done right–the most demanding of all.

Naturally, it’s where I live, and I love it. The pate de verre self-portrait on this page is about a decade old, 14×18 inches, and married to a collector in a Philadelphia penthouse (much swankier digs than mine). I both lecture about and teach pate de verre; if you’re interested in either, let me know.

Morganica was started ‘way back in 1998 as a personal chronicle and reference. It didn’t become a full-fledged blog until around 2005, but if you count the private, lost, and weeded-out-because-they’re-embarrassing posts, I’ve written well over 5,000 entries.

Somewhere along the line other people, now around 6,000, started reading it. Primarily, though, this site is just for me, so I take no advertising and make no money from this site. If I have an opinion on a product or anything else, it’s from personal, paid-for-it-myself experience.

On the rare chance that someone gives me something to test, I’ll either reject it, or disclose it in every mention; I don’t want to be beholden to anyone. And if you’re thinking about “borrowing” some of these posts, photos, tutorials, etc….please read my thoughts on that first.

Yeah, I’m not too bright about such things. 😉

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–Cynthia Morgan