The winding rivers, beautiful bluffs and the natural world around us provides the inspiration for our glass. A walk in the evening often provides the seeds of a new design, it need not be an impressive bluff or the sheer size of the Mississippi that catches our fancy, sometimes it’s as simple as the way a tree leans into a hill or the grass flows in waves ahead of the gusting wind.
Working with fused glass started for us in 2008 as a unique hobby, a way to relax and express what was floating around in our heads. Rather quickly we learned that we were having a bit too much fun and found ourselves and our home overrun with glass. Along the way we started toying with the idea of exhibiting at a few local fairs. One thing led to another and before we really realized what had hit us we were having the time of our lives and we decided to share our fun with others.
We wanted to design and produce glass pieces that were functional as well as decorative. As we experimented we found that retaining texture through controlled firings, sandblasting and acid etching created a range of different options that we could incorporate into our pieces. Since a finished piece of fused glass has the side benefit of being up to a quarter inch thick it adds a natural resiliency and sturdiness to our pieces.
We jokingly say we are part of a slow glass movement, the key to our designs are multiple low and slow firings in our kiln. The process begins by firing small pieces of glass to create the glass beads. Next we cut down large sheets of glass into the desired shape of the piece we intend to produce. We then cut and shape the interior design and prep the glass for its first firing. After the piece is fired we then set each of the glass beads into the area we accenting. The piece is again fired, this time at a lower temperature, in order to fuse the beads to the glass but retain their texture. The final firing requires the use of a ceramic mold which the piece of glass slumps into in order to give it it’s shape. Overall each piece requires over 90 hours in the kiln.