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September 28, 2013

Bringing the outside in

Insects become inspiration for glass artist Stephanie Cochran

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Fate got in the way in the form of Jo DuMontelle, associate director of the career development center at Anderson University.

“She changed my whole direction,” says Cochran. “She is really masterful at what she does.” What DuMontelle did was to explore Cochran’s career indicators via a battery of tests and interviews. The results were unexpected.

“I needed more risks … to keep me interested,” Cochran discovered. She also learned, “I had an affinity for glass.”

DuMontelle counseled Cochran to be her best self. After being responsible for decades to the needs of others, Cochran realized it was time to take care of what she needed to do herself.

“You being the best you is the best thing you can do for your family,” Cochran learned. “Your family needs to see you being your best self.”

Cochran’s husband, Myron, teaches photography and jewelry at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He admits, “When she went into glass, it was a total surprise.”

Surprised or not, he was on board. “Supporting her 100 percent just made her happier and strengthened our marriage…. She’s a real inspiration to me.”

The revelation came at an interesting point in time. It was five years ago, when Cochran’s two children were also going to college at Anderson. The family was picking up and moving to urban Anderson, after living a country life near Noblesville for years.

During their first year in Anderson, Cochran’s sister passed away, and the Cochran’s 13-year old niece suddenly became their new daughter.

If all that wasn’t enough tumult, Cochran and her husband also purchased a derelict historic home in Anderson at a sheriff’s sale.

“It was total financial suicide,” says Cochran. They’ve been renovating the place ever since, doing the work themselves. This year, the family plans to move in. Cochran isn’t second guessing the decision.

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