With a new home, a new life, and a new kiln, I began to explore the medium of kiln-
The other thing I love about glass fusing is the wealth of possibilities for making art. I am constantly exploring innovative techniques and processes, traditional tools, and fresh materials. Each time I fire the kiln, I try to learn something new. A lot of my art is driven by the medium itself, warm glass. I can use layered light and three dimensional textures in a way that painters can’t. And I can use gravity to explore form.
My tropical lifestyle inspires my glass art. My daily morning beach walks – I have a dog – proffer sunshine or tropical rain and warm waves at my feet. These are my sources of inspiration: flora and fauna, sea and sky, sun and rain. Still, my art is informed by my years as an architect. Color, balance, line, and contrast are inherent to the designs I make. I’ve always loved to build things and now the process of glass fusing keeps me engaged.
Most glass is recyclable. I use bottle glass and window glass left over from local construction projects to make fused tableware, with and without color. I use recycled glass to paint with colored glass frit or to explore form, sometimes without color. Now my neighbors keep me supplied with recycled glass. The blue from Bombay Saphire Gin is one of my favorites.