Morley Art studios is owned and operated by myself, Sheila Morley.  I am an Artist working with glass since 2005. Making art since childhood. I expect to be making art for the rest of My Life.

I almost always have a day job as well.  Keeping my creative juices flowing, the bills paid in full, and offering my boys the best opportunities I can. 

Since 1997, I have worked doing Autocad drafting, and Engineering. Specializing in Institutional Furniture for Science laboratories, and hospitals. 

My Art History ~ A College graduate of Fine Arts in 1997. I have been Selling my work through shops and galleries.  Inspired by Music and art, I enjoy creating art that pays tribute to Life. Sculpting emotional figurative gesture has been a theme for me since the 90's.

I discovered how to fuse high resolution imagery in and on my glass in 2007. A process I have perfected over the years. (both soft glass and borosilicate) I make custom art with the customers imagery. What I am calling, "memory stones" ...aka "Image in glass sculpture".

Combining imagery with my emotional figurative gestures is where I am at today. I am working at the flame with several types of glass and at the Furnace.

In the past, I have taught introductory and advanced classes in bead making, and marb


 The journey

2006-Present  Grateful lives LLC,  incorporating Sheila's glass art, as well as art and services by the Morley family.

2018 - Present Freelance, Auto CAD drawing specializing in Laboratory design, including grow Lab

2008 - Present Medical Marijuana care giver, Grower and Consultant

1997-2019, Farnell Contracting, Inc. AutoCAD Drafting /Engineering / Project Management / Lab Furniture Design 

1994-1996 Farmer Assistant (Cherry, apple, strawberries) Leland,MI

1994-1997 Michigan State University Department Studio Assistant

1995-1996 Main Street gallery, Leland, MI. Sales SO MUCH FUN!



  • 2017-2018 Schoolcraft College 4 classes in Alias computer drawings. 3D Digital sculpting
  • 2018 Center for Creative Studies ~ certification in clay sculpting/modeling

  • 1998 Auto Cad Cerrtification 2D/3D
  • 1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Michigan State University – Major in Sculpture and Ceramics (Graduated with High Honor)

Continued Education with Masters in Art:

  • 2014-2016 Michigan hot glass, Albert Young. Furnace glass continuing class

  • 2013 Masters Seminar with Paul Stankard (Philosophy of Art and flame working)

  • 2012 Beadmaking Stringer control with JC Herrell

  • 2010 – 2012 Independent borosilicate studies with Gideon Rockwood

  • 2008 Furnace Glass I with Touch of light Studio in Royal Oak, MI

  • 2007 Loren Stump II

  • 2007 Andrew Brown Hot and Cold glass

  • 2006 Loren Stump I

  • 2005 Introduction to glass bead making with Genessee Glassworks

  • 2004 Independent Soldering Studies

  • 1993 Oil Painting with Tom Parish

Teaching/ Demonstrations

  • 2013-2018 The Michigan glass project sculptural bead making demonstrations 

  • 2007 to present Flame working workshops at the studio. 1 or 2 students at a time

  • 2013 International Flame conference Panel discussion on Marbles, as we call them Orbs

  • 2012 Spring ISGB retreat. Mandrel implosions demonstration at ABR imagery

  • 2011 bead making retreat class on landscape beads

  • 2010 Murrini Demonstration for Glassact

  • 2009 Decal Demonstration for Glassact

  • 2008 Making a petal Murrini with Glassact

  • 2008-2012 part time bead making Instructor at Dearborn glass academy

Volunteer Positions:

  • 2012-The Michigan Glass project, Volunteer, Staff, Visiting Artist, and Vendor

  • 2007 GLASSACT, Southeast Michigan glass bead makers guild, Volunteer secretary

  • 1994 Artistic sabbatical, Sketch book study in the Western, US (See blog Archives)


  • 2015 Spring issue: Flow Magazine. Glass image marble collaboration with Ron Morley

  • 2012 Winter issue: Flow MAgazine. Women in glass

  • 2010 Winter issue: Flow Magazine. Women in glass

  • 2010 January: Glassline magazine, Digital Imagery on Lampwork Glass by Sheila Morley

  • 2009 Summer: The Glass Bead, ISGB publication by the ISGB -Sculptural Goddess beads by Jim Kervin

  • 2008 Winter issue: Flow Magazine. Women in glass

  • 2008 Out of the box travelling exhibition with The International Society of Glass Beadmakers

  • 2008 April/May: Glassline Magazine, Making a petal murrini, Article by Sheila Molrey

  • 2007 Winter issue: Flow Magazine, Women in Glass

  • 2007 Summer issue: Annealer Magazine

  • 2007 April/May: Glass Line Magazine, Boogie down Beads! Article by Sheila Morley




  • 2013 Wheaton Arts Museum Gallery

  • 2012 Lawrence Street Gallery Glass art show, Ferndale, Michigan

  • 2010 Ariana gallery Glass Month Exhibit and demonstration

  • 2009 Ariana gallery Glass Month Exhibit and demonstration

  • 2009 Collaboration with Glassact, Convergence

  • 2008 Out of the Box traveling exhibition with the ISGB

  • 2007-2008 Orchard Lake Fine Arts show

  1. 2007 Frantz Art glass Anything goes 3rd place award

  • 1998 Kaleidoscopic slide presentation, Lansing. MI

  • 1996-1997 Michigan State University Kresge Art Museum

  • 1997 Michigan State University Gallery One Dichotomous Duo


Personal Artistic Accomplishments:

  • 2014 Decals meet the hot shop!!

  • 2007 Decal tests begin, flameworking soft and hard glass

  • 2006 Sheila Morley Glass Art (dot com) began

  • 2004 Updated my studio to be heated, and used year round

  • 1999 Purchased my 1st Studio space

  • 1997 Built the room of beads with hundreds of beads made out clay

  • 1996 Cast a 30″ tall hollow bronze figure sculpture

  • 1994 Applied and was accepted into CCS, Fine arts~ College of Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan


  • Bead Museum, Arizona, USA 2007

  • Bead Museum, Canada 2007


Sheila and her 2 boys