Almost ten years ago I took a Glass Fusing class and found it to be a fun challenge both technically and design wise. I have since taken workshops in Cave Creek, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Eugene, OR; Las Vegas, NV: and San Miguel de Allende, Mex. In these various workshops I have learned many different contemporary and ancient glass techniques, such as, pate de verre, metal and/or bubble inclusions, iridized sandwiches, pattern bars, etching, sand blasting, glass carving, sand casting and many more. These techniques are used in my work to add variety and complexity to the final product.
One of the aspects of working with fused glass is that you can make both functional and non-functional pieces. In the functional area, I make pins, earrings, pendants, coasters, dishes (both large and small) soap and butter dishes, ikebana flower holders, key fobs, wine stoppers, letter openers, purse hangers, and the list goes on and on…
As an artist, I also feel the need to design and create works of art. Therefore, some of the glass, which I make, serves no other purpose than to be aesthetically pleasing. These are the non-functional pieces.
I use mainly COE 90 glass either translucent, opalescent, and iridized. For added color and interest in the piece, I sometimes include dichroic glass. This, of course, depends on the method used to produce the piece, as some techniques may not be enhanced by the use of dichroic glass. I strive to have each piece be unique; no two pieces are the same. Each piece is a work of art no matter what the size of it is. Because of the nature of the glass, color is one of the strongest components evident in my work.