Friday, August 21, 2009
My most rewarding moment as an artist happened today. My art gave a woman goosebumps.
I was working in the gallery we are part of (Arts of Snohomish), when a customer came in. She wandered around, then stopped in front of our display--she didn't know it had my art in it. She called out to me, "This fused glass reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright."
I was so excited, I ran over there and said, "I made that." She replied, "Look at my arms. You've given me goosebumps!"
She told me she lives near Phoenix and the Biltmore Hotel there has a huge free-standing glass piece made by Wright that my piece resembled. I had never seen the Wright glass, but I have been a fan of his since reading The Fountainhead and discovering he was the inspiration for the protagonist. When Martin and I were in Phoenix, in fact, I tried to get him to take me to Taliesin West, Wright's winter home, but we didn't have time for it. This woman, Jane, told me she designed her home to resemble a Wright home, and she has a replica of the Biltmore Hotel piece of her own.
We chatted on and on about Frank Lloyd Wright and his style. She gave me her phone number and told me to call her when I'm next in Phoenix. Which I will definitely do. I hope she invites me to see her home. At the least, she and I can have high tea at the Biltmore and admire Wright's piece. What a wonderful day for me!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Shimmery dichroic glass pieces complement the black, white, gray, and apple green glass pieces, making this mirror frame POP! Fully fused at 1450 degrees and annealed slowly for strength, a mirror and hook epoxied to the back make this piece ready to brighten a quiet corner or create a small focal point.
Monday, March 16, 2009
This is a stunning piece Wendy made last summer, inspired by her 18 months' service in Guam as an Air Force Airman. The base is two layers thick: clear glass over a deep amethyst glass. With glass paint, she painted the hammerhead shark, ocean waves, and other disctinctive designs on the top piece, then she "shaed" them by painting their shadows underneath, in blue. This gives the piece a beautiful depth, like the ocean itself. Dichroic glass pieces add additional intrigue. It's both art and practicality: it is slumped into a useable platter. Large: 20 3/4" x 8 3/4". On sale now through ebay for $199.99 minimum bid.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This artwork began its life as a line drawing I made during one of last summer's art festivals. I decided to represent a portion of it in glass.
First I painted the tulips onto clear glass using glass paint. Then I added a white opaque backdrop with blue and red frit. Another layer of clear glass on top and more frit--in yellow, orange, and a lighter blue. All three layers were fused in the kiln at 1485 degrees.
I put the finished piece onto a black mat with epoxy, and framed the whole art piece with another, white mat. The glass is 5" x 7"; the frame is 10" x 12".
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The inspiration for "Ocean Waves"? Wendy was stationed for 18 months in
Whether you wish to display the surfboard on a table or mounted on a wall, we can provide the display pieces. (Our wall mounting system sets the piece one inch from the wall, allowing light behind it.) Size: 10.5" x 5" . $60
Friday, March 6, 2009
Clean and crisp lines mark this sculpture unique! "Retro Crest" has a 60's modern vibe with its cobalt blue, aqua, and white squares and rectangles contrasted with the lime dots. Fused in a "tack fuse" cycle, this piece has textual depth and tactile pleasure. It was handcrafted as a fully unique piece by Wendy Clark. Complete piece stands abou 11" x 9" in the stand (included). $145