Friday, October 12, 2012 and

I was recently juried into :)  I have decided to move into wholesaling with some of my production work and will be showing at the American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE)  in Las Vegas in late April.  I am excited about casting the "broader net" and look forward to working with retail gift shops and galleries through  Of course my principle focus will continue to be frit painting, but this allows me to sell and market my smaller work without all the drama associated with the local area galleries.

If you would like to "visit" my page click here and enter artist #27243 and pw - aspenlight.  Please keep in mind that I am just getting started with my product and hope to have it more robust in a couple of months.  If you are interested in placing an order, the site requires that you register as a retail buyer.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Framing of Frit Paintings on Glass

Aaaah, the sweet smell of success!  I have finally conquered the impossible--I have successfully mounted the frit painting on glass and then set the base glass in a heavily fortified frame.  Thank you Hang Your Glass for creating the nesting mount.  It works fabulously for what I have wanted to do for a long time.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cobblestone Bridge Translation Frit Painting

I recently received my second Donna Serafis workshop piece, Cobblestone Bridge Translation.  I am using this piece to design a glass-on-glass frame that will allow transmitted light, but is hang-ready.  I am having numerous requests for a piece that is framed and can be hung like a conventional painting, so I am working with a local frame shop to create a system that should work.  Stay tuned for the result!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Solo Mountain Frit Painting

Got the second frit painting into mama bear kiln this afternoon.  I should have both ready for Breckenridge on Friday.  My back is killing me as a result.  I'll post both once they are out of the kilns.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Summer Garden Someday

These are my WIPS for the project underway.  The prefire (top) is still under construction--I am getting ready to build the foreground yellow daisies and the tree vignette.  Then it will be ready for final fire.  Hopefully, this will make it to Breckenridge this weekend.

Update--I just pulled it out of the kiln--it is the top photo.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Anne Nye Workshop Results

These are the two completed pieces from the Anne Nye workshop.  She is not only a fabulous instructor, but is willing to share her knowledge and experiences in marketing and promoting your work.  She provided so much insight into what to look for in galleries, online services that work and others not so much, and pricing work.  What an incredible wealth of information.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Anne Nye landscape Frit Painting Workshop

First day of the workshop at D&L Art Glass Supply.  Anne Nye's frit painting method is dramatically different than Donna Serafis' in that it relies on bold color interaction with no light transmission.  Now to see if I can find a way to blend the two methods into bold translucence.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts Exhibit

 Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts the morning after Patron's Night
 Calaway and Young Cancer Center

I am pleased to announce that Cherry Tree in Spring sold last night at the Patron's Night in the first round of bidding!  A wonderful affiliate of the hospital purchased my piece and he and his wife seem thrilled at their acquisition :)  I want to personally thank them for supporting my work, the arts and those who are traveling the cancer journey.  It was a magical night.  Thank you Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts and the Valley View Hospital Foundation for making it all possible.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fishing Dad Business Card Holder

See--told you these were fun!  A card holder for that extra special fishing daddy on Father's Day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Business Card Tray and Holder

A client recently asked me to do a couple of business card holders for a graduation gift in order to decide which would be the better fit.  I did a stacked glass mountain scene with skis as a tray and a columbine flower in an upright display style.  These turned out being tremendously fun to make (once I got the firing schedules correct) so I think I will make some more with various themes.  We will see how they do at show....hmmmm.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Grand Junction Art & Jazz Festival this weekend:)

If you are in and around Grand Junction this weekend, plan on stopping by downtown GJ and taking in the fabulous music, great art and local libations.  I will be displaying again this year, so stop by and give me a shout out if you happen by!  Dawn Sudmeier is joining me this year with her lovely and sparkly glass jewelry.  Look for the Aspen Light Glass Studio banner!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Inspired to Heal Exhibit

I just got the call--Cherry Tree in Spring made the cut!  I will be in the Valley View Hospital Foundation art exhibit and fundraiser for the purchase of artwork for the new Calaway and Young Cancer Center.  The piece will hang in the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts throughout the month of June.  Patron Night is scheduled for June 8th where art patrons will pledge purchase of their favorite art pieces, which will be donated to the new Cancer Center with plaques denoting the patron and artist.

I am just so grateful to have my piece chosen for show.  As many of you know, I dedicated this piece to the healing power of art, and I just hope that it will be able to fulfill its destiny and provide strength and comfort to those seeking hope.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kaleidoscope Light

The Creative Paradise large triangular casting mold produces the most interesting opportunity to make kaleidoscopic patterns in glass.  By combining opaque and clear glass, it makes a perfect back-lit display piece.  My husband wants to take it to work, and I told him he can buy it for market price just like anyone else:)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Valley View Cancer Center Art Submittal

I have completed the Inspired to Heal call to artist piece.  It took 3 1/2 weeks to finish with 8 total firings.  I have named this fused glass realism diptych panel Cherry Tree in Spring in honor of our glorious cherry trees in the back yard that have been in full bloom while I worked in the piece.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Xanadu Gallery - Scottsdale, AZ

I was accepted to be represented by Xanadu Gallery Studios out of Scottsdale.  I am (hopefully) also going to be in the next edition of their collector's guide for May with my Autumn Pathways work.  Here is a link to the site...  I will also post a link to the guide when it goes live.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Valley View Cancer Hospital Project in Glenwood Springs

The new Valley View Cancer Center in Glenwood Springs sent a call to artists to do work for the new center.  This is a drawing of the diptych I am getting ready to start for the competition.  It will be 30" x 24" in 2 panels.  The tree will be vitrigraph stringer and the leaves and cherry tree blossoms from cut glass.  The bird will be done in frit and stringers.

The second picture is the piece in progress.  The panel on the left has been through its second firing--the panel on the right is getting ready to go into for its second firing.  So far so good.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Project Angel Heart Mosaic Mural

The Project Angel Heart with Colorado Mosaic Artists is now complete.  The dedication is next month--wish I could make it.  Hopefully I will get to see it in person someday.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Delphi Glass Art Festival 2012

I am competing again this year in Delphi's Art Glass Festival.  Please check out my entry at and if you like it--give if a vote!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Firebowl in Sunset

Completed the last fused bowl for A+Y Design Gallery.  This is a combed glass bowl set in black glass 2" rings with a clear base.  It was coldworked to give it that definitive edge with black and clear glass.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Mica Bowls

These two mica embellished bowls are on their way to A+Y Design Gallery in Montrose.  It took 4 firings each to get them smooth and to lay down properly but I finally got them to behave.  The gold mica is a ball slump bowl and the copper/bronze bowl is made from the new conical BE mold.  Very pleased with both--hope the gallery likes them as well.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A+Y Design Gallery, Montrose

I was just accepted into a new and fabulous gallery in Montrose, CO, north of Ouray and Telluride.  The gallery features earthy, yet contemporary wood furniture, metal art, photography, painting and now GLASS!  Very excited.. the link...http//  Check it out:)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ahhh...the Booth Photo

It has always been a challenge trying to get a decent booth shot, but try doing it in the middle of winter when it is 25 degrees and the ground is covered in snow!  Nonetheless, Dawn Sudmeier and I were successful this week in getting the booth up and the photo taken.  Let the art show application games begin!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Vitrigraph, Noodle and Frit Glass Panel

The panel is complete. I made the vitrigraph leaves this summer and it has taken me this long to get the piece done. Thank you Carol Murphy for letting me translate your wonderful pastel painting. 

Texas Farm Country Glass Frit Painting

It's done!  A 39.5 hour fire!  Record for any of my kilns.  I think my grandparents would be proud.  I hope it brings a smile to my Uncle Corky and Aunt Arlene.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Building a Frit Painting - Final Pre-Fire

The piece is finally ready for final firing. It is ready to go into the kiln for a very SLOW fire, both up and down.  This took two full days of frit application, stringers, noodles, etc.... Now praying the kiln gods will show me great favor!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Frit Painting (Second Fire)

Next major phase in building a frit painting.  I have applied the horizon line trees and the large oak tree in the mid-foreground.  Included is the swing and vines for the front flower beds.  This just went back into the kiln for fire #3 (the large trees were a separate fire).  I used fine frit (color) with a fine frit cap and some medium frit color in transparents and opals to add some early texture.  This will be a contour fuse at a 36 hour fire because of the changes in thickness of the glass.  Keep your fingers crossed that it comes out ok.  If all goes well, we move next to the foreground layer including all of the foliage, fence, garden, etc...

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Constructing the Focal

The focal structure is now complete--3 days later!  Next up, build the trees and frit intermediary applications.  For all you family members out there, can you name the place yet?  Hint--my artwork comes from deeper memories within....

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Building a Frit Painting

Phase 1:  Create your drawing and cut your glass to scale.  Choose your color palette and transfer it conceptually to your drawing.  Then sift fine frit in shaded colors to build your background "wash".  Add your background structures and then cover with a moderate layer of clear frit.   Fire to a full fuse (see above).  Next up--building the intermediate layer....stay tuned....

Friday, January 6, 2012

Moving on Up--Rebranding

My new year's resolution is to devote 100% of my efforts now to developing my own unique style of fused glass frit painting.  As part of this commitment, I am rebranding my business to Aspen Light Glass StudioPalisade Stained Glass Art has served me well in the past, but since I am moving away from stained glass and definitely far away from Palisade, it was time for a change.  Please visit my new website (still working on it) at if you follow my work.  Wish me luck!