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Joyful Woman

What an appropriate name for this lovely artwork we created for a very special lady. The commissioned piece was designed to look like our client, complete with red hair and a joyous approach to living. The artwork took several weeks, hours of handwork, and multiple firings. The skirt was created from hand-cut pieces of transparent and opaque glass. The fisrt layer was fired onto clear, a second layer was added and the entire skirt was fused to the overall piece. To create the arms and legs, we made glass wafers from powdered glass and a special medium. These were fired and added prior to the final firing. The hair was hand-curled using a blow torch and pulling techniques. It was a true, stu

Color Matters

Everyone has a favorite color - quick, what's yours? Now, why is it your favorite color? How does it make you feel? Is it the same one you had as a child? The simple fact that everyone has a favorite color speaks volumes about the importance of color in our daily lives, and for us, in our Fused Glass work. Lately, my favorite color has been green which means balance growth, and restoration. It also reflects the colors of nature, where I go to find balance. One of my favorite quotes speaks to this: "And into the woods I go to lose my mind and find my soul." - John Muir Sue's favorite is blue, which means content, control, and spirit, traits that come through in her design. In fact, color is o

Striking...

Recently we had the pleasure of working on a custom order where the client picked colors from our sample box. She stopped by to see the work in progress and was surprised to see us using "clear" glass where she had specified transparent canary yellow. This led to a discussion on striking, which I thought would be fun to share. Since we use only Bullseye glass, I turned to their experts for an explanation. Here goes: "Some Bullseye glasses appear pale or colorless in the cold sheet form, but “strike” or mature to a much different color when fired. Striking colors can vary, depending on temperature, atmosphere, and heat history." So what does that mean? Here is a visual example. This shows how

Supporting our Community

We often get requests for donations of our glass artwork to a wide range of community organizations. And we are glad to help, where we can. This year we are proud to support the Run For the Wall, an organization dedicated to promoting healing among all veterans and their families and friends, calling for an accounting of all POW/MIA, honoring the memory of those KIA from all wars, and supporting our military personnel all over the world. To learn more, visit their website. In addition, we are donating to the annual celebration and fundraiser for One Nurse At A Time (ONAT). Unlike many humanitarian nursing programs, ONAT is dedicated to providing education along with healthcare so that the qu

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