Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kristen's Creations Show and Sell

Today I am linking up with Kristen's blog. She is having a Show and Sell day every Thursday, where you can put things that you (or someone you know) hand makes and sells. Check out her blog if you have a chance.

A few years back, I started working in glass. I took a 2 hour class and got a basic introduction to the process. I was so intrigued that I began saving money from freelance graphic design work, and eventually had enough to purchase my own small kiln off of eBay. I've been fusing ever since. My first attempts were rough and often ended up in the trash, but slowly and surely, I began to get the hang of it. I enjoy experimenting with various materials and techniques.

I have been married for 24 years this July 4th, and I am the mother of two teenagers. I work full-time as the Creative Services Specialist for a local school district. I create printed materials, presentations, graphics for our website and TV channel, and do whatever else needs doing. During my spare time, I create fused glass and enameled copper pendants and artwork. I sell them to friends locally, at a few galleries and shops, on my etsy and yessy sites, as well as, in festivals in the Southeastern area.

This is a FusieDoozie - I enjoy creating these little glass characters that have there own mini biography.

This is a shot of the pendants I worked on while we were snowed in for a week this past January - a rare treat in sunny South Carolina!

A photo of my booth at the Chatty Crafty Indie Art Festival in Chattanooga, TN.

A glass tile created by hand painting lilies on a black piece of glass using Glassline paints (they can withstand the 1550 degree kiln temperature). The painted tile is then capped with clear glass and then fired.

This pendant was created using 4 pieces of red glass, on top of white and then layered on black glass. It was capped with a clear piece of glass and then fired. I loved how a small air bubble was trapped in the center of the petals. Really this was a happy accident. I wish I could say it was planned, but I don't have that much control of what happens inside the kiln. Notice the name of the pendant written in pencil along the side of the card. My husband names each pedant with it's own unique name. He says, "they speak to him."

I did these pendants on commission this past weekend. If you would like to hear more about them, see the post from Sunday called Pendants with a Purpose.

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