Friday, November 26, 2010

Western Colorado Journeys

I recently joined the online gallery of artists at Western Colorado Journeys magazine (cover above).  Several of my premier pieces are displayed online ( and will be published in their annual guide in March.  Please visit the site to see some great artwork and great wines all from the Western Slope of Colorado.

Midland Arts Company

A photo of my work on display at the Midland Arts Company in Rifle, CO.  Join the Midland Arts Company for their Christmas Open House On December 3rd from 6 pm to 9pm.  Visit their facebook page for more information.

Results of the Patty Gray Advanced Fusing Workshop

As promised, several of the completed pieces from Patty Gray's week-long workshop at D&L Art Glass Supply in Denver.  Patty is an outstanding teacher and I would recommend her classes to anyone at any level in glass fusing.  D&L was also a perfect host and provided excellent  class space and support (shameless plug but true!).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Patty Gray at D&L Art Glass in Denver

I have had the tremendous opportunity to study under Patty Gray all week in Denver.  These are some examples of fused pieces that come out of her class.  These are all in various stages of completion.  I will post the final product once they are done, including a "roll up" vase.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hand-Painted Rectangular Bowl in Hi-Fire Spectrum Glass

Spectrum hi-fire glass produces beautiful slumped pieces.  I like to use it with hand-painted pieces that illuminate the art as if it were backlit with a bright floodlight.  You have to fuse it very slowly with a bubble squeeze schedule or else it will bubble up.  I also do the hand-paintings separately and then fuse then to the larger piece in two fusings.  This also minimizes bubble entrapment.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Christmas Ditties

It is finally snowing here in western Colorado and with it comes holiday cheer!  I bought this quaint 8" mold from Slumpy's and have had so much fun with it.  The inner tree is done in aventurine green glass, rimmed with cherry red transparent and capped in clear thin.  Once it was fused, I flipped it over and added dichroic trimmings and re-fused.  Finally, the piece was slumped into the mold.  Fun and festive!  Yes!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Draping Bullseye

My new mega-kiln allows me to do large drapes and slumps.  I had some gorgeous Bullseye fracture/streamer glass and millefiori from another piece that I fused into an 18" draped vase.  Although it is a larger piece than I am used to working with, it finished in a graceful form and bold color.  I do love working in Bullseye Glass!  Someday when I grow up to be a successful glass artist, I can work exclusively in Bullseye.  But for now, it is the exception, not the rule.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Holiday Gear Up

My new studio is finally operational and I am diving full on into the holiday season.  These are a few of the glass castings ornaments that I am presently making for sale on Etsy and at the Midland Arts Gallery.  Please visit my Etsy link if you are interested in purchasing some of my holiday glass!