Tradition Meets Cutting Edge at the convergence of high quality art, craft, literature, music, film and food at the Lexington (Kentucky) Center, March 1-4, 2012 at Kentucky Crafted: The Market. And Georgia Made Georgia Grown LLC is honored to be invited as an out-of-state guest organization.
It’s my husband’s fault that I got started in glass fusing. Some years ago, we were searching for something that we could do and share together. (I don’t really care for sports and he doesn’t really care much for gardening.) We were both inspired by the beautiful pictures in a “how to” book about making enameled jewelry. Actually, I was truly inspired and he had casually thumbed through the book because I’d left it in the bathroom. He commented that enameled pieces look really impressive and that he might want to learn how to make artwork like that someday. I interpreted “someday” as right now…
I called several different art schools and could not find anyone teaching a class on enameling. I did however find a two-day class on making fused glass jewelry, which is kind of similar to enameling. Both art forms use glass chips and a kiln…
After a few attempts, my husband decided that fusing glass just wasn’t for him. I, on the other hand, found glass fusing to be great fun!
When I first started in 2000 I used a small corner of my husband’s workshop in the basement and listened to an old radio that could only pick up one station (The station that plays the Delilah show). Now 10 years later, I’ve taken over most of the basement and acquired a stereo. My husband’s workshop has been reduced to his toolbox, although I have laid claim to most of the tools contained within.
In the past 10 years, I’ve gone from a handful of pieces I exhibited in a very small festival to nationwide distribution in 30+ galleries and boutiques.
I have an extensive artistic background. I have worked in the commercial art field for over ten years. I am a published photographer and I also paint in acrylics and oils.
I was searching for a way to bring fused glass and painting together, and discovered a way to paint with glass, which is very cool. I mix powdered glass with liquids, then paint that mixture onto a glass canvas. I fire the piece in my kiln to create the finished product. I call these works “Glass Batiks” because the crackling effect looks very much like a batik artwork. The textured matte feel of the glass makes you want to reach out and touch it.
My fused glass is now sold in several galleries across the country. I am a past vice president of the Atlanta Glass Art Guild and continue to be an active member. I’m also a breast cancer survivor (I’m past the five year survivor mark, Yippee!!!). And just recently, I was very pleased to be named a 2011 Niche Award Finalist.