We create art glass pieces to be enjoyed, used, displayed or shared -- hand crafted plates and platters, beautiful pieces of jewelry, glass baskets. Our inspiration comes from travel, plants, mountains, vintage designs, food and wherever our curiosity leads us. We are based in Denver, Colorado and work primarily in fused and torch worked glass.
Lampworking or torchworking glass uses an open flame to melt glass until it is soft enough to be shaped and embellished using various tools and techniques. Beads created in this way have been dated to the 5th century BCE and the practice gained popularity during the 14th century in Murano, Italy. In our studio we still use Italian soda-lime glass to make unique and artful beads.
Fusing involves cutting glass into different pieces and heating them inside a kiln until they soften and bond. Art forms are achieved by selecting and layering glass with different color, opacity and other characteristics. Once fused and cooled, the piece is then returned to the kiln for another firing which establishes the shape, usually with a clay mold. For fusing, we use glass from the United States.
We love the creativity and ‘magic’ that glass offers. Viscous and white-hot, glass has been formed into endless shapes and colors since humans began glassmaking more than five-thousand years ago. Artistic glass carries the memory of its liquid state and remains full of energy long after the molten edges have hardened and cooled. As a medium it is endlessly beautiful, challenging and unpredictable.
After years of admiring glass art from afar, I decided to take lessons and classes. I became entranced by the colors, forms and textures, as well as by the unpredictability of glass. Being able to focus on one project at a time is crucial - becoming absorbed in the possibilities can make all the difference.
The different ways of working with glass is of great interest to me as well. Cold glass, hot glass, painting on glass – so many choices. Left on its own, my mind always finds its way to wondering about fused glass: designs, techniques, kiln schedules….
I began working with glass in 2010 while in college. Working with a torch, flame, and adding details to molten glass is all-absorbing for me. Some pieces can take hours to complete and while they anneal in the kiln I can't wait to find out how they'll look. It’s always fun and surprising. In addition to classes in Denver and Evergreen, I have spent time learning flameworking techniques from Davide Penso and Kristina Logan in Murano, Italy.