Fusing glass is a centuries old process that is simply melting pieces of glass together to form a new sheet of glass. That sheet can be reheated to form a shape.
I use the kilns in my studio to heat and fuse the glass. Most often I am making bowls and platters, but I use the process to make parts for future projects also.
I work on commissions and need to fuse or slump glass for special projects like fountains or sculpture.
I have designed, built and installed stained glass panels as well as leaded and beveled glass panels for over thirty years. I enjoy designing the glass panels for each project so that they are unique and satisfy my clients needs. Sometimes the glass is a focal point as in entryways with doors, sidelights, and transoms. Often it is meant to compliment or enhance the living space. This includes cabinet doors as well as interior doors and room dividers. I have pieces installed in homes though out Southern
I have worked to develop my skills as a glass blower by attending schools and workshops, taking lessons from other glass artists and working in private studios. I have been lucky enough to work in studios in
I try to relate the surface design to the shape I am making. Sometimes the shape suggests the color; sometimes it’s the other way around. Pieces evolve as I make discoveries by trying new combinations and also by the mistakes I make along the way. My “Night Reef” series of vases and bowls came about this way. The spinning of the glass as I was working blended the colors I was using and looked to me like fish swimming in the dark.
I have done installations that are assemblages of over 100 blown glass elements. I usually make vase forms and bowls.
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