Beautiful glass …

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and beauty around me, inspires me to create.

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Vibrant spring poppies and gorgeous orange glass led to a “Poppy” series. Walks in the desert and beautiful textured green glass - “Desert Dreams”. These are my glass interpretations of some of nature’s beauty.

Every piece of glass is handcut. Some glass pieces are assembled and fused in a kiln. The fused glass sparkles in the light and it’s soft lines are a nice contrast to the square, angular cut glass.

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Subtle accents of iridescent glass and dichroic glass add sparkle and interest when not backlit.

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Each piece is designed as it is built. No patterns or drawings are used, colors decided as I go. It’s a visual process, cutting pieces of glass, moving pieces around to see what flows, what works - it comes together as I proceed. It’s like painting with pieces of glass. I start by cutting glass for the first element of the design and build from there. I cut as I go and determine what I need as I decide on the next design element.

People often ask how long it takes to make a piece of art. I like to have multiple pieces in progress. I’ll work on one, then another. When I come back to a piece after awhile I start in again with new inspiration. It’s time consuming and I can only make a limited number a year.

I love it - there's a lot of freedom in mosaic and I like that the end result always surprises me!

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Once the mosaic pieces have been adhered to the clear backing glass, it is time to grout. Pieces look very washed out before being grouted. Each piece is grouted multiple times. After each grouting it is cleaned with a razor blade, carefully removing adhesive and grout. My daughter Sarah is in charge of the grouting and finishing stage, which she is great at and allows me to produce more.

Before grout.

Before grout.

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