Defending The Endangered Celebrity Gala

I created and donated this set of coasters for the silent auction at the Defending the Endangered Celebrity Gala.  The raking combines earth, sea and sky tones with bands of solid colors where I kiln carved various designs.

The gala will be held on February 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  For more information about the organization, please follow this link:  www.defendingtheendangered.com

If you would like information about the event or to purchase tickets, please follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1651500595143126/

All the best for the new year:)

 

 

 

 

 

Art Fire’s Top Fine Arts Maker of 2016- Caron Art Glass:)

TOP FINE ARTS MAKER: CARONARTGLASS

Congratulations to CaronArtsGlass for winning Top Fine Arts Maker in the Great American Maker Search presented by ArtFire!

Michelle Caron is truly devoted to her handicraft of fused glass sculpture, tableware, decor and more! Her work is one of a kind and we think you’ll agree.

Michelle Caron in her studio

Michelle Caron in her studio

Michelle set herself apart by gathering her fan base for support and showed us her independence and dedication to handmade. She has a small studio in Kane’ohe, Hawaii and has been creating with glass for 20 years. You could say she’s got a passion for it. Working with glass offers Michelle challenges and discoveries with each new project.gms-fineart-badge

The art I create expresses what is important about hand made. It is small scale, deliberate, and unique. My pieces allow me to share my passion with others.

Three part sculpture on marble base

Three part sculpture on marble base

ArtFire: As a Great Maker, what inspires you to make the amazing things you do?

Michelle: Glass is such an amazing material to work with and each project opens new avenues to explore. Fused glass allows for a lot of experimentation and each time I open the kiln it’s a bit like seeing what’s under the Christmas tree. Hawaii is an amazing source of inspiration. The landscape, culture, and traditions offer so many sparks that I rarely feel at a loss for ideas. Right now I’m working on a piece inspired by a type of Japanese textile called sashiko- a dense everyday type of weave often worn by laborers.

Fused glass sun catcher

ArtFire: What makes your craft so special, compared to other makers who do the same?

Michelle: One of the techniques that I’m very drawn to is glass raking. I enjoy creating my own glass by heating colors to near molten and then raking across the surface. The process creates color modulations, combinations and forms that are amazing. I then use this glass in a variety of projects from sculptures and wall art to table ware and jewelry. The raked glass makes each piece truly unique.

After Midnight – Fused Glass Sculpture

Pele’s Thumb Print – fused glass bottle stoppers

ArtFire: In a few words, tell us what makes you a Great Maker?

Michelle: The art I create expresses what is important about handmade. It is small, deliberate, and unique. My pieces allow me to share my passion with others.

Fused glass ceiling lamp

Fused glass ceiling lamp

You can learn more about Michelle and her background with fused glass here.


Learn more about our #MakeHandmadeGreat campaign and nominate or apply for the Great American Maker Search.

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Hand Raked Fused Glass Wall Art – Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca - left panel I really enjoy raking glass.  For me, it’s a bit like cooking in that my approach is to first create a series of color recipes. Which colors are the primary flavors and then which will provide the contrast or spice?  How will the various raked areas or plates interact, contrast and support each other?  Once I have my recipes sketched out, I begin the assemblage of the colored glass onto the irredescent clear glass base.  I like to use nippers to beak up the glass as they can achieve the most unusual shapes with twists and turns that somehow the glass can permit.  I don’t usually have a plan for this phase- I just keep adding colors and shapes until it tastes right.

Lake Titicaca left panel
Once the glass is out of the kiln, it needs to be cut to fit the pattern, much like pieces for a traditional stained glass panel.  Breaking raked glass can be a challenge as it’s so much thicker that stained glass.  I find that once I’ve scored the glass, using grossing pliers with the edge of my work bench for the counter force works well.  For a piece like this, the areas need to fit well so once the area are cut, I also grind them to fit.  To prevent devitrification, I do the final grinding with a 600 grit bit.  If the edges show devitrification after firing, I do a follow-up firing with a coat of clear powder.

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This project gave me the opportunity to create a diptych of Lake Titicaca entirely with raked glass.  The palette is so vibrant and the gradations and movement of color give the piece a very painterly, Fauvist look.  I’ve kept all of the remnants which I use like choice left overs in other dishes that I’m still making.

 

 

 

Fused Glass Panel – Change of Command Gift

Completed panelThis panel is a fused glass rendition of the regimental patch for the 27th Infantry nicknamed the “wolfhounds” (their mascot is an actual Russian wolfhound that lives on base named Kolchak). The panel was created by cutting each piece of glass to fit and then fusing them together under a clear cap.  The lettering was the big challenge.  The border is done using traditional stained glass methods.  The panel was a gift for the departing commander’s wife as part of the Change of Command ceremony.

 

 

 

Stained Glass Room Divider: Beveled Glass and Clear Textured Glass

Boca Raton installed Dining Room Side Natural Light)For this project, the client wanted a design that featured beveled glass and a selection of clear textured glass.  The panel was going to be installed in a wall that separates the dining room from a bathroom.

Boca Raton from ppposite sideThe panel includes several bevel clusters, stock bevels and fused glass nuggets.  The design was inspired by the client’s Portuguese heritage with  the central cluster reminiscent of the points of the compass.

 

Boca RatonThe combination of bevels and textured clear glass makes for a timeless look that the client will enjoy for years to come.

 

 

 

Happy National Small Business Week

As part of the celebration of National Small Business Week, Caron Art Glass is being featured in a blog posting that recognizes various small businesses from around the country.  It is sponsored by Endurance International Group, the parent company of Fat Cow and the host of my website.   If you’d like to take a look, here’s the link:

http://endurance.com/our-mission/small-business-advocacy/smbsuperstar-caron-art-glass

 

Stained Glass Panel to Celebrate Three Generations

IMG_4971This project was a Christmas gift from the client to her mother. She wanted the design to include her two daughters and her mother and to use her mother’s favorite colors, yellow, orange and red. After a few conversations about shared interests, special events and memories that might guide the design, the client remembered something her mother had always wanted to do- have a family portrait done with each of them dressed in white, flowing drapery. Her mom also has a favorite saying that she remembered hearing when she was a girl: “I love you to the moon.”

IMG_4969As this was going to be a family portrait, it seemed important to include all three generations. The four of them are dressed in flowing robes like Greek muses. The client and two daughters are standing, each carrying a sunflower, gathered around her mother who is seated with a bouquet of sunflowers on her lap. A scrolled banner bearing the quote in gold lettering is in the foreground.

IMG_4970The client wanted the faces to have some detail to them. Portraiture is not my strong suit as an artist and working from photos was a challenge. I realized at a certain point that for me, working with glass paint is more like sculpting than painting. I found myself having more control by removing paint rather than by adding paint.  I wanted the sunflowers to really stand out so I tack fused the elements to give them a dimensional quality. The lettering is done in liquid gold and fired at a high temperature for a brilliant finish.

The finished panel is a testament to the strong bonds of this close-knit family.

Dimensions: 18″ x 18″

 

 

 

Wine Serving Platter of Hand Raked Fused Glass and Up-Cycled Wine Crate Ends

IMG_4813As someone who enjoys all things viticulture, when I saw the folks at Vintage French Linens had wine crate ends from various Bordeaux wineries for sale, I knew I needed to buy some.IMG_4817  Each crate end is a piece of art in its own right but my challenge was to see how I could transform them into something interesting while also maintaining their artistic integrity.

At first, I had visions of complicated mosaic work using fused wine bottles to create mosaic tiles and including wine labels, corks, anything to do with wine.  Someday I may give that a try but this was not the time.  I decided to combine hand raked glass in colors reminiscent of a vineyard in the fall with a wine crate end to create a unique wine serving platter.IMG_4818

Though I cut into the crate end to create the space for the wine coaster, the winery logo is in tact flowing from the raked glass.  A bottle of wine nestles in the wine coaster while up to 6 wine glasses can be served on the crate end which is sealed to prevent drips from staining the wood.  The piece is framed in mahogany and has rubbed bronze handles on either end.  A votre santé!

 

 

 

Global Glass Exhibit – September 27 through November 1, 2015

This year’s Global Glass exhibit is up and running.  You can visit at www.sculpturefix.com   and see some really amazing pieces of glass art – including one of mine:)

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