Fused Glass Paintings Artist Statement I am a new resident of Whidbey Island, having recently moved here from the Midwest. It is the year-round beauty of this area and the creative and healthy lifestyle it encourages that drew me here. This is the perfect place to explore my passion for glass.
I have worked with stained glass for over 30 years. I began with Tiffany-style lamps and stained glass windows. It is the refraction of light through brilliant colors of glass that draws me to this medium. In the past 5 years I discovered the versatility of fused glass, training with a variety of glass artists in the Chicago area. Marrying the fused glass techniques with my stained glass background has resulted in my current style.
Each of my panels begins with my original design. All bright colors are glass pieces that have been fused. The black and brown hues are painted using the same technique artists used in stained glass church windows. A minimum of 15 hours of work and 5 days are required to complete the final product.
The process begins with sketching an idea and developing the glass pattern and color selection. The pattern is used to cut out the glass pieces, as one might do for a stained glass window. The glass pieces are then fused in a kiln for 13 hours fired to 1450 degrees. Painting on the glass requires several stages that include a minimum of three 7-hour firings at 1275 degrees to create the effect I want.
The texture in glass of some of my pieces is achieved by a final fusing in a clay mold I created and bisque fired especially for the piece. My art reflects the world in which I live. When I was in the Midwest, my art reflected the city life around me. Now that I am on an island, my art is influenced by the new world I am discovering every day.
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