Upon graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Debbie received a degree in textile design and then continued her education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a B.A. in Psychology. She worked as a professional textile designer in NYC for major design houses, designing women's wear, and embroidery for apparel. Debbie’s original designs were used in costumes worn in major Broadway shows. Additionally, several of her designs were published in Seventeen Magazine.
Debbie discovered the art of stainedglass while working in Manhattan as a designer and quickly incorporated her textile design skills into her glassmaking. After moving to the Boston area in the early 80’s she was awarded a major commission for Northeastern University as a permanent installation.
Debbie continued her artistic expression in watercolor and silk painting, textile painting, and hand stitched embroidery. In 2008 she discovered the art of kiln-formed glass making and quickly discovered her new passion.