I have been working in the medium of stained glass for almost 20 years. Most of us who work with glass started with foiling and lead. If a piece got broken during assembly, another one would have to be cut precisely to fit the pattern.
During a six year "vacation" on the Island of Lanai in Hawaii, I became an active member of the Lanai Art Program. We had an artist from Maui give lessons on "Hot Glass" and I was hooked.
Hot glass or Fused Stained Glass becomes molten at 1400 degrees. Glass has to be heated slowly and cooled slowly.
I only use Bulleye Fusible stained glass in my creations. The raw product is a little more expensive than other brands of glass, but I feel the product reflects the fine quality of glass.
I have been dabbling with ceramics since I was a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI & SU) in the seventies. Although, I graduated with a BS in Finance, I always appreciated the arts.
While in Hawaii, I had many classes in poured work, sculpture and slab work. I was the second generation of the "Moon and stars over Lanai" piece.
Melted Wine Bottles:
While at the recycling center, I saw blue bottles on the conveyor belt on their way to being a base for asphalt. After a few experiments, I came up with my current product, the melted wine bottle. This products can be used for a cheese tray (you know, wine and cheese). You could also use the bottle to burn candles on.
While growing up on a small farm in Montogmery County Maryland, I was active in the home economics side of 4-H. I exhibited my fabric designs in many County and State Fairs. The embellishment of denim with rhinestones is a natural progression of my artistic talent.
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