I’d love to be able to start out by saying that I studied design and art or that I grew up in a creative environment. That’s not the case. I’m a Type A personality that has owned multiple businesses. I was in the medical field most of my life. I’m a logical thinker and very structured and organized. I have never considered myself an artistic person. That all changed in 2015. I’d ended another chapter in my book of businesses and wanted to do something fun. I never dreamed I’d find my passion.
I started classes in kiln formed glass and I became obsessed. Kiln formed glass, or glass fusing, involves cutting and constructing pieces of clear and colored glass. Once the design phase is complete, it’s put into the kiln and fired at temperatures reaching 1480 degrees (or more) where it becomes molten. Then specific kiln schedules are followed for cooling and annealing (removing stress). The results are truly spectacular. The vivid colors and infinite shapes are always (well, almost always) amazing. The way light transmits through some pieces but not others just adds to the splendor. Further firings in the kiln can change the shape or add a specific texture. The possibilities are endless and definitely fascinating.
Along with the kiln, there are many different pieces of equipment used to manipulate the glass even further; grinders, saws, sanders and polishers. There have been many nights that I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited about a new idea or technique I wanted to try out. I am blessed to have an 1,800 sq ft studio with multiple kilns and hoards of glass. I used to look at glass as something cold, hard and razor-sharp (it is, I have plenty of cuts to prove it), but now I look at glass as warm and beautiful.
I still have plenty to learn, as do most artists, but I’m extremely pleased at my current place in the creative world. I hope you follow me as I continue to grow.
By the way, all work you see on this site is created exclusively by me but I do have an assistant. She’s not big on cutting the glass but she helps me design, package and ship. Meet Gracie