In making art glass, I work to express beauty through geometric and organic design. Creating unique glass is very therapeutic and gives me a peaceful get-away from my caregiving life. It is a joyful process.
Art glass begins with an idea that is followed by sketching the design, selecting glass, cutting, grinding, putting pieces in just the right place, cleaning, firing, polishing, and displaying the finished piece.
Recently, my curiosity has turned to tapestry pieces. I am drawn to the lines and spaces that are so appealing to the eye and the mixed colors that draw the viewer into the piece.
Iridescent glass work also fascinates me as I lay out linear designs that reflect the light off the glass instead of having light go through the piece. The iridescent surface surprises the viewer as they glow with radiance.
While I am influenced by all things around me, designs by Frank Lloyd Wright have strongly influenced my work. The simple beauty of line and space are pleasing to the eye. Klaus Moje, who is credited with the technique of using strips of glass laid on edge, has also influenced my work. These thicker pieces have a crisp linear side and a somewhat organic side because of the way the glass melts. With the addition of organic
crackled design elements, the glass melts into art.
I want the viewer to find beauty and joy as the light reflects or the light shines through my art glass.
BACKGROUND & TRAINING IN GLASSWORK
Stained Glass with Jeff Morgan
Introduction to Fused Glass with Sharon Frykman at Grand Marais Art Colony, MN
Painting in Fused Glass with Sharon Frykman at Grand Marais Art Colony, MN
Cast Glass with Steve Frykman at Grand Marais Art Colony, MN
Fused Glass Inclusions with Becky Smith at Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA
Cold Working Glass Techniques with Becky Smith at Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA
Making a Paper Weight at Pittsburgh Glass Center, PA
Lost Wax Casting with Donna Rice at Grand Marais Art Colony, MN
Casting Crystal with Donna Rice at Grand Marais Art Colony, MN
Glass Blowing with Josh Dop at Mesa Art Center, AZ
Warm Glass Experience with Troy Moody at Mesa Art Center, AZ
Understanding Glass with Pollack at Grand Marais Art Colony, MN
Self taught and experimentation
EVENTS & SHOWS
Art Along the Lake 2020 Cook County, MN
Celebrating Lake Superior at Cook County Historical Museum, Grand Marais, MN
Grand Marais Art Festival, Grand Marais, MN
Grand Marais Art Colony Member Shows, MN
Spirit of the Wilderness Shows, Grand Marais, MN
North Shore Artists League Show, Grand Marais, MN
Minnesota State Arts Board Exhibition 2019 St Paul, MN
The Glass Show at Johnson Heritage Post Gallery, Grand Marais, MN cancelled
Art Along the Lake Studio Tour 2018, 2019, Cook County, MN