Janine Onffroy Shelley
Fused and Painted Glass
About the artist:
Janine Onffroy Shelley moved to Whidbey Island in 2013 from the Midwest with her husband. She taught high school French in Iowa and was a school administrator in Illinois. Janine earned her B.A. in French at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, a Masters degree in French at the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University. Although not her primary profession, art, especially glass, has played an important role in Janine’s liffe. She has worked with stained glass for over 30 years. She began with Tiffany lamps, worked summers in a glass shop, and taught adult education classes.
However, it wasn’t until retirement, in 2011, that Janine discovered her passion for fused glass. Living next to the largest glass distributor in the country, she was able to take valuable classes from some of the most talented fused glass artists in the country. The result is a marriage of fused glass with stained glass principles.
It is the refraction of light through colored glass that draws me to this medium. The colors in my pieces change with the light. For this reason I use transparent glass in the majority of my pieces.
The creation process for my artwork is very much like that of a stained glass window or lampshade. I draw the pattern and cut out pieces. This is where the similarity ends. The glass pieces are placed on clear glass and fused. I then use black, brown, or gray enamels to paint the lines, shadows and textures in my work. The process is long, and time consuming, but well worth it in the end. All of my pieces are kiln fused to 1200-1460 degrees at least 4 times, and often more. My lampshades often are made up of more than 500 pieces of cut glass.
My inspiration is drawn from the natural beauty around me, especially on Whidbey Island.