Every once in a while Wendy and I teach a fused glass art class. (We keep saying we need to do it more often.) One of the benefits to us is seeing what our students create. I have to say this bowl is one of my favorites.
This was made by a young woman who was fascinated by frit. She began with the canoe-shaped clear glass then began creating her design on top of it using orange, yellow, and blue frit. Then she put a sheet of clear glass on top and added the black swirls in more frit. She added the dichroic glass touches last of all.
This bowl took two fusings: the first, at 1485 degrees, fused all the layers into one solid piece, while the second fusing slumped the piece into the bowl.
All in all, a cool project that we would never have thought of! Yay students!
JUDY: Passionate about art from childhood, I love both creating art and admiring others' art. I've been a fused glass artist for two years, after teaching high school English for twelve years. I love playing with whimsical designs and free-flowing pieces, such as mosaics, as well as the geometric precision of pieces inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and Josef Albers.
WENDY: Art has always terrified me. The
self-inflicted pressures of creating something beautiful, perfect,
meaningful, and forever lasting is quite a toll to measure up to. Art
is often an intimate experience, easily allowing the uneasy feelings of
vulnerability. It is only in this journey of acceptance and finding the
courage to let go that allows that which is within to come forth. In
not only accepting the imperfect but appreciating and fully embracing
it, I am able to move forward with my work, freely relishing the joy
and freedom that creativity yields. It is this perpetual tug-of-war
between the controlled and wild freedom that my work teeters upon. Art
in any form is my passion, and it is my great pleasure to share it with