Ann's Fused Glasswww.ArtPal.com/annsfusedglass
In 2009, I took my then 12 year old daughter, Samantha, to The Painted Pot in O’Fallon, MO for a mother daughter outing, a tradition I enjoyed as a child with my mother. While there I noticed that they also did something call fused glass. I was intrigued and tried my hand at it, and couldn’t stop. They owner, Donna Scheiter, kept introducing me to new technics with each visit. I started making pendants and rings and other jewelry pieces, until I decided I needed my own kiln, so in 2011, I did just that, and have been working out of my garage/glass shop ever since. I have since gone into doing not only the jewelry and accessories, but fine art and what I call functional art (bowls, plates, platters etc.).
My approach to producing work is through self-imaging in somewhat of an abstract manner. I start by choosing a large piece of glass, and some smaller pieces of glass that may have been cut or when doing a previous piece or even an oops moment of dropping the glass. I study the shapes and design from those pieces to create a project that speaks to me about a current or past event or emotion, and then I use those feelings to build my pieces. Therefore, each piece, whether bowl, fine art, or jewelry is original and very personal to me.
The techniques I use are varied depending on the type and style I am trying to create. The basic process of fused glass, is to start with raw sheets of clear and color glass, then cut, break shape, grind and build your glass piece, then fire the glass in a kiln for approximately 12 to 18 hours to fuse the glass together. From there, there may be more glass added for texture, layering or draping to create each unique piece. Some pieces may be fired up to 4 times to get the exact finished result. Because glass is very temperamental, there is a lot of trial and error, persistence, and happy accidents, but I learn something new either about the process or about myself with each new piece I create. “
Fused Glass Pendants