Beginning with my box of Crayola crayons and spring flowers I have always been drawn to color.
As a nurse practitioner I found I was only using the right half of my brain. I needed a way to tap into the left side, the creative side. Glass has given me an opportunity to do just that for the past decade.
As a result it is the color of the glass that inspires me to create fun, functional art and share that passion by offering half day workshops.
Glass is considered a liquid and that is what allows it to melt and fuse in the
kilns. Each piece of glass is hand cut then thoroughly cleaned before placing them
in the kiln. Two or more layers are used and in some instances small shards
or bits are added to create depth and interest. The temperature is raised
up to 1500 degrees or less depending on the effect that is desired. If a flat
piece is the goal the project is completed. However if a bowl or platter is
the goal it is back to the kiln in a mold and fired up to melt the glass again to
reach the desired shape. Projects may take up to 36 hours to finish as the
larger the piece the slower the temperature changes can take place. There is an
art and science to the heating and cooling or the glass will shatter or fog up in
the kiln. Learning this process is never ending.