In 1991, following a long held desire, Hafner allowed herself respite to travel, paint and write. While scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef she was so taken with the colors of the sea, its diversity of flora and fauna, and its captivating reflections, that she returned to her studio intent on celebrating this beauty in her art.

This search led her to glass with its brilliant colors and sparkling transparencies. In glass she found the perfect medium for her painterly and sculptural expressions.

Through intensive research and experimentation she discovered a rarely used technique of "tesserae", then practiced by only a few masters worldwide. In traditional tesserae tiny squares of color are rolled onto a hot glass bubble prior to shaping.

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