First of all, one is using a two-dimensional surface to express a five-dimensional world. I say five-dimensional because, in addition to height, width and depth, fused glass artwork includes the emotional dimension, as well as the light reflective dimension. It’s sort of like a creativity pentagon.
Then, secondly, the glass medium one is using, whether it’s glass paint, frit, stringers, or sheets, starts in a solid state; goes through at least one (but usually more) liquid state(s); and then returns back to a solid state. As it passes through these states, IT LOVES TO MOVE! As it does so, there are many variables that change the way the glass behaves: its chemical composition; coefficient of energy; fluidity, position in the kiln, firing schedule, annealing time; room temperature; thickness; and others. This fluid alchemy can do many wonderful things, including give you marvelous surprises….some good, some bad.
But all those variables aside, I have found fusing glass to be a rewarding and satisfying endeavor. And although I have several story lines in my work (portraits, water gardens, myths, photography in glass, etc.,) I am thrilled the most when I can coax from each piece of glass the story I see there. That makes it a synergistic process and always one of learning.
I call this process “reciprocal teaching”
You indicate what you want the glass to do
It shows you what it wants to do
Then, you learn to do what you have to do
To get close to what you wanted in the first place!
In these works I use hand-cut pieces of glass; paint made of glass; crushed, extruded and other forms of glass, including metallics, micas and clays; 14K gold; and other materials to express the story I see.
I began my glass work by making 100 cabochons for jewelry; graduated to plates and bowls; and now I am working on wall hangings and art pieces that range from 16 - 36 inches and I’ve completed over 100 of these. I have taken warm glass classes and learned from Kelly Thames, Jenifer Frangi, and Carol Webb. I recently studied with Jude Schlotzhauer, who has been a studio artist and teacher for kiln-formed glass for more than 30 years, at Penland, Arrowmont and educational institutions including, Instituto Allende Mexico and University of Siens Malaysia.
BACKSTORY: In college I majored in art. In 1988, I was given a battery of tests as a part of extensive career counseling and my creative aptitude measured higher than the scales, so my “creativity quotient” was deemed to be “off the charts.” I have used this creativity in diverse ways.
I have created and sold over 200 pieces of pottery; written hundreds of pieces of poetry, many published; created murals and paintings for sale; and worked as a professional photographer with color & black and white photographs in annual reports of 5 national and over 30 local corporations.I was a photographer for: Louisville Magazine, Tulane University Medical Center, Louisville Chamber of Commerce, University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, Kentucky Dance Council, Inc., Pan American Life Insurance Company and New Orleans Yacht Club; and was a stringer for USA Today. My work as been shown locally and nationally (New York, Denver, Washington D.C.); and I have won artistic awards regionally, nationally and internationally.
My fused glass work is currently showing at Two Rules Art Gallery, at the square in Marietta, GA. My altered photography is shown at Chic Gallery in Alpharetta.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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