Saturday, December 20, 2014

How to Screw Up and Salvage a Fused Glass Picture Frame

10"w x 10"h x 1.75"d
kiln-fired glass

I had this "genius" idea that I wanted to make a fused glass picture frame. The easiest method to take would have been to create the outside frame and attach it to a pre-made smaller frame with a flat face that it could be glued on. Glueing glass you ask..? They make industrial strength glue for that very thing.

But that seemed to easy of a solution. If I'm going to make a picture frame from glass I want the entire thing to be glass, including the pocket for the picture, glass, mat and backing to slide into. As far as the construction was concerned it made sense and using fiber paper I could block out the areas I needed to stay open.

My first fire was a full fuse in which I created the Cinnabar (brown) frame. Once it was put together it was much easier to work with. Then I create a pocket for the picture, as seen below, using fiber paper, a glass square (under the fiber paper) and pocket walls of glass.

I set the frame on top. It rested on the pocket edges. I felt it was important to have no gap of space.

I adorned it in little glass squares, stuffed fiber paper under the edges of the frame so it wouldn't droop and it went into the kiln for a second fire, a tack fuse.

There's always surprises with big things like this for some reason. Making this in two fires just seemed to good to be true. Or it wouldn't of been if I had left enough fiber paper overhang for the brown frame to potential spread.

And it came out cracked. 

It seems like the glass on the left side in the above photo rolled over the edge of the fiber paper pulling the frame and causing it to fracture through the middle. Interesting...physics applied to real-life right here. 

So I'm bummed but everything else about it came out so, so good. My pocket that I stressed about is a picture of perfection and the squares fused beautifully...all except for one little clear piece (seen to the right). A great candidate for glass glue.

What now?!

With the suggestion of my teacher I drew a jagged, "mountain-like" edge along the side of the frame. We were hanging a photograph of us atop Fireman's Lookout in Crater Lake, OR after all! And hopped of the ring saw to turn that fracture into part of the piece.

The finished product, shown above, had a organic, mountain ridge like look and feel. I hand sanded the edge, leaving them with a sandblasted look in fear of putting it back in the kiln for a fire polish. The solo square that jumped ship during the tack fuse got glued back on and tonight I will attach a wire to the back. 

After the framing process I'll shared the finished, finished piece.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Square Plate

Just practicing the style of stacking up smaller square on top of smaller square to get this effect. Well, it worked...not surprising because I've seen so many people do it but still..

7"w x 7"h x 1"d
kiln-fired glass

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fused Glass Sushi Plate

Sushi Plate- with homemade frit (aka, crushed up glass) made from the scraps I got when I trimmed the top of the mountains bowl. It kind of reminds me of a Super Mario Bros. world. 

9.5"w x 5"h x .75"d
kiln-fired glass

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fused Glass Bowl with Texture

It's hard to get a picture of my newest bowl because the best part is on the bottom. I tack fused it so all the textures remained and then slumped it with the textured side down so it is still functional.

Loving this teal color and wishing I had bought a few sheets instead of just one.

3"w 3"h x 1"d
kiln-fired glass bowl



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fused Glass Icicle Ornaments

They are tough to photograph, but with Christmas lights behind them they sparkle. 

Happy Holidays!

1"w x 7"h (sizes vary slightly)
fused glass

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Art Words.

Sometimes it's nice to be reminded why artists do what they do; to remember the fun in the process and the excited feeling you get from a finished piece. Or how awesome it is to watch someone's response to your work. Especially now, during the holidays, when it feels like all anyone is thinking about is gifts and shopping. So, thanks Bread & Puppet for keepin' it real!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Blue Triangles and White Triangles

..and a weird reflection from our super-awesome ceiling!

3"h x 3"w x .5"d
kiln-fired glass

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Small Fused Glass Bowl

This small fused glass bowl was harder than it would seem to slump into its tiny mold. Maybe because of the iridescent glass on the top? That doesn't seem like a good enough reason to me.

3"w x 3"h x 1"d
kiln-fire glass

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marketing Materials!!

How's this for business cards and website stickers. But, do you want to know what I think is the best part..??!!

My website is updated. I've been procrastinating on that one for almost a year. 

Check it out at

Free stickers for everyone I see at the December 7th Pop-Up Art Market!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Pop-Up

As though you needed another excuse to have a mimosa on Sunday morning..

I've been busy getting ready. Business cards and stickers are in the mail. Christmas and note cards arrived yesterday. And working hard on lots of small paintings and glass pieces.  

See you in Winooski!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In Progress: Oil Portrait

Not everyone gets to start their week by painting Chuck Berry. 

A work in progress; some shading to add and some features to straighten out.

Chuck Berry
10"h x 10"w
oil on canvas

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fused Glass Strip Bowl

Just about finished cold working the edges of this fused glass strip bowl. By grinding the edges to be flat across the top I attempted to give the audience a glimpse into how the glass is laid out.

fused glass (kiln-fired)
7.5"w x 7.5"h x 3.5"d

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Kiln-Fired Bowl

Pattern bar, powered frit flowers, sand blasted bubbles...this bowl was more about technique than the finished product. 

9.5"w x 9.5"h x 2"d
fused glass/ kiln-fired glass

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recycled Aluminum Earrings

In celebration of Fair Trade Week a Kenyan artist came and taught a class on making earrings out of aluminum cans. By cutting and tapping the metal with different shapes I attempted to create a Lake Champlain landscape. 

Maybe a little to ambitious for my first try.  

Sometimes you forget how fun it is to do something for no reason other than just because you want to.

Monday, October 27, 2014


Oil painting class this morning involved making our own black, creating a grayscale with it and painting a ball. I used alizarin crimson and phthalo green. There was several light sources, including overhead fluorescents and open windows that I tried to take into account, but never noticed the shadows from the blinds until I took a photograph.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work in Progress: Fused Glass Bowls

The first step is to bake them in the kiln so they are flat.

Today I spent some time trimming the edges with a tile saw and grinding down the edges so they are smooth. I have a little more work to do on the first bowl, but the mountains is waiting to be slumped in a cone bowl mold. 

Below are images of the bowls before I cleaned up the edges and before they are slumped.

Unique features include on purpose bubble creation, color bar (down the center) and foliage imprints (with powered glass and leaves/petals).

Your typical strip bowl.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Impasto Progress

Basically "thick painting". I used a palette knife and impasto medium to paint produce.

Not a bad start to a Monday.

Cucurbita pepo
oil paint and impasto medium
7"w x 5"h

Citrus paradisi
oil paint and impasto medium
5"w x 5"h

workspace and grapefruit studies.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Glazing Medium, Before and After

I'm taking an oil painting class on Monday morning. We work in water-soluble oils. Being that I never work in oil paint for real, I have a lot of technical aspects to learn.

This morning we used a glazing medium. Starting with an acrylic painting in grey tones, we "watered" down the oil paints to a wash consistency and gave the painting a wash of color. The thin oil paint tinted the already shadowed areas and gave it depth without all the work.

(acrylic grey tones)

(finished oil painting) 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In Progress: Fused Glass

Trying to make use of my new co-op membership by putting in some hours at Davis Studio's glass studio. Here's a preview of my bowls-to-be

My strip bowl of a mountain landscape waiting to go in the kiln:

Color-bar pre-tile saw:

Color-bar post-tile saw:

Bowl waiting for kiln:
(color-bar down the center)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Official Invite: WEIRD SCIENCE Art Reception

What: WEIRD SCIENCE art reception
When: Friday, August 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Art's Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing's Union Station, 1 Main Street, Burlington

For my out-of-state, Friday-working followers, here's a preview of my contribution entitled, Burl Mount and composed of paper mache and acrylic paint.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fused Glass Vase Hard at Work

Lucky for this vase, which I made over the winter, the elementary school around the corner from my house has raised beds of flowers that they encourage neighbors to pick. So after almost becoming a change jar during the frosty winter...pardon me...icy winter months, I am happy to say the cityscape flower vase will be put to work full-time for the next couple summer months.

The process of draping fused glass to form this vase required me to create a large fused glass square. I then tack fused it (which means to fuse at a lower temperature), setting it on a stainless steel cup so that it dripped over the edges and formed this vase-like shape.

CityScapes, Not a Starry Night 
fused glass

CityScapes, Not a Starry Night (2)
fused glass

And now let's see the lovely wildflowers..

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

WEIRD SCIENCE Art Show...Now Showing!

WHAT: Weird Science Art Show; a group show containing artwork depicting the theme of weird science and the only additional guidelines were that it be wired and ready to hang.

WHERE: Arts Alive Gallery, 1 Main Street, Burlington, VT (Main Street Landing, Union it what you will)

WHEN: July 13, 2014 - August 30, 2014

I just knew my paper-mache sculpture of the redwood burl had a place in the fine art world! The first of its kind, unique in its nature, this is what you can look forward to seeing in person if you attend the show...(you can even touch it, I don't care what anyone says):

Burl Mount
3'h x 1.5'w
paper mache and acrylic

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rain Barrel Raffle!

This Saturday, July 19th the rain barrels that are currently installed in Maple Street Park in Essex Junction, VT will be raffled off. In preparation for the Essex Block Party and Street Dance (from 5-10 pm on 7/19) the barrels will be uninstalled and names will be draw to determine the winners at 7 pm that evening.

This is your last chance to enter to win! It's free and all the barrels look amazing. So why not save some water this summer with a hand-painted rain barrel by a Vermont artist.

Click here to enter!