Dori Settles is a child of the 70’s. Some of her fondest memories involve scented markers. Her undergraduate studies in Sign Language Interpreting, Communications and Linguistics also included several elective art courses. After working as an interpreter, and later a software test engineer, she “retired” to motherhood, and began to pursue creative endeavors as her two children became more independent. Settles’ love of arts & craft led her to renting a studio in the Hot Shops, and eventually she opening and managing an art space with a boutique gallery for three years.
Since closing the art space, Settles’ is continuously advancing her skills and techniques. She has taken workshops with several internationally recognized glass artists and painters and approaches much of her glass work scientifically, asking “what if”, and recording results. She pushes the known boundaries in hopes of discovering new ways to work with a very ancient material.
Settles is also known for her highly textural and colorful fiber art, which includes dyeing, painting and threadwork. Most recently, she has been working as a silversmith’s assistant and apprentice.
Her favorite animal is the elephant; they are highly intelligent, sentient beings with deep concern for others. Her garden is full of Nebraska-native perennials, and although it is full of Milkweed, she and her family rarely see Monarchs. Settles and her husband Jim, a blacksmith, collect vintage Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang memorabilia.