Connie Morgan
Casper, WY
Member since July 9th 2022
Last seen December 31st 2023 at 7:14 PM

My journey into neon started back in 1991 when I went to a neon art show at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman Montana. I instantly fell in love and vowed to learned how to make neon. I wandered around for a few years until it became clear that I needed to find a path. I visited with the legendary tube bender, Bill Todd from Rainbow Signs in Bozeman, and he helped direct my path. I wanted him to teach me but he told me he was too old for that! I had two choices for schools, one in Wisconsin or one in San Francisco. Since winter was coming I opted for California. I attended The National Neon Institute. It was a 14 week program and I lived right at the school in Benicia California. It was a great experience and even started to get paid for making signs for local businesses before I graduated. From there I moved onto Detroit Michigan where I bent glass for 3 years. I made a lot of Auto Zone glass and other big channel letter jobs and of course custom work as well. From there I moved to Seattle where I worked for Jay Blazek at Western Neon for 3 years. I did a lot of Starbucks and Tully coffee signs, along with custom signs and working closely with artists. I moved south to Tacoma and worked at American Neon for 4 years. I loved that job as it was a woman owned business and Elisa was an amazing boss. I started working with vinyl as well as making channel letters. From there I moved onto Bozeman Montana and worked for about a year until I gave birth to my second son. I took time off to be with my kids and work at other things. From there we moved to Casper Wyoming and I found a job at a sign shop where I mostly did vinyl work. I would rather work with hot glass than sticky vinyl any day!! Bar D Sign actually had a glass shop which is the only reason I took the job. I occasionally did work in there and after my divorce started doing more and more side work at night and on the weekends to earn extra cash. An opportunity arose in 2020 to move into my own space in downtown Casper and I took it.  I have been at my location for over 2 years now and I am busier than ever. Neon is life for me. I love it. I'm not the best at it but I stick to it because it's been the most consistent thing in my life for the past 26 years. I'm comfortable here in the fires even when I get frustrated!