Art Glass PassionBy Mary
I am in love with all forms of art glass. If there was anyway I could afford it I would collect Chihuly Glass. Short of that I have gathered an assortment of small to large glass art for my own home. Many of you may recall some of these pieces if you toured our Lake Gaston home. Now that we have relocated to Tucson I have access to a small glass studio to try my hand at fused glass. I started last November and am feeling more and more confident. Here is my dabbling in this art form from the very first piece to my latest collection.
My first 4″ trinket dish I made in the introductory glass. I hope you will appreciate my evolving skills.
Early on as I was trying to brighten up a small 3/4 bath. I decided to make glass pulls and knobs to add some pizazz. While browsing in Target I located the perfect hand towels to complete the look.
11″ clear, turquoise and blue lattice sushi plate. I love the effect of lattice weave. This plate helped me to improve my cutting skills. I still have a lot more room to grown in cutting a straight line. 🙂
I love to use scrape pieces to pull together a design. Nothing goes to waste. Most of the glass in this 9″ plate is from scrape. I tried a new technique with this plate. The squiggly pieces are made by melting thin glass stringers into all kinds of funky shapes.
I have been admiring this bowl design in a fused glass book. I finally got up the courage to cut 30 glass circles of assorted sizes and colors. I adapted the design using my own take on the colors and shapes of all the pieces. I absolutely love the finished 9″ bowl!
I have been longing to make bigger art glass pieces. The kiln in our community glass studio can only accommodate up to a twelve inch piece. I ventured out to a local stained and fused glass art shop and took a 4 hours garden totem class. Here is the finished piece. It is 27″ h x 6″ w. I am so thrilled with it. I have the clear glass bases cut for a 30″ and 36″, so there is more to come.
Here is a close up of the totem. It is so pretty I am not sure I can put it in the garden! It includes over 100 glass pieces and some metallic dichroic glass accents. I didn’t really think I had it in me to finish this piece the day of the class. We started with a blank canvas of clear glass and had to come up with a concept. There were five students in the class and every totem is entirely different. As the other finished pieces are photographed I will share them. Creative minds are a wonderful thing.
Here is a collage of a few art glass pieces I created to add to my collection. I love being creative. If you see something you like I will be happy to discuss commissioned pieces. I can only display but so much of my own glass so help me out here!!!
I think you can see my passion for art glass!
I am thankful I have a local community workshop with wonderful cohorts that always spur me on. I would not have the courage to keep trying new techniques and designs without them and their kind advise. Thanks SCOV fused glass girls!
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