Lori earned her degree as a structural engineer and then followed in her father's footsteps into a successful career as an air traffic controller.
Lori has been working in fused or kiln-formed glass since 2003. Lori entered the sparkling world of glass art because she had bought a new home with large plain glass skylights. She was inspired by Dale Chihuly's glass exhibit during the 2002 Winter Olympics in SLC. She learned about fused glass and glass classes from a friend and started taking classes with Kerry Transtrum of Glassfire Studio. She proceeded from there to make her own fused glass skylight panels and many other beautiful things. Working with glass is very different from her career as an air traffic controller.
Lori has been trained by many talented glass artists, including Dinah Ihle, Kerry Transtrum, Phil Teefy, Jayne Persico, Michael Dupille, Bob Leatherbarrow, Patty Grey, Peter Mc Grain and most recently David Alcala.
She has won several awards at glass shows, including Best of Show for Body of Work, Gathering of Glass Patrick Moore Gallery (2012), Juror's Choice Award for her 15 Bowl-Yellow, Green and Blue, at Red Butte Garden (2010), Juror's Choice Honorable Mention for her Green Games piece at Red Butte Garden (2008), Juror's Choice Award: Jewelry for her Pink Dichro Necklace and Pendant at Library Exhibition (2008), First Place Award in Fused Glass Jewelry at Red Butte Garden (2005), and Best of Show Award in Fused Glass at the Glass at the Garden at Red Butte Garden (2004).
One artist who inspired her is Dale Chihuly—she likes the free form of his glass. She was also inspired by Dinah Ihle and her work.

Lori enjoys doing donations for fundraisers as well as private commissions, including light sconces, trays, wall hangings and fun decorative objects. She'd like to do more architectural pieces, such as cast glass stairs and furniture pieces containing fused glass. With her engineering background, it is easy for her to see glass as a structural element.
Lori Scharf's Professional Resume