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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Islamic Stained Glass Window: Crescent and Star

Abdul's CrescentWorking on a large panel when you are a solo artist in a small studio has some real challenges.  As I was developing the design for this project, it was clear that the structural elements of the window were going to play a very important role.  Years ago, I read an article about building large panels with the advise to “build it strong.”  I have always tried to heed these words but for this project, they were essential.  The panel dimensions were 62″ x 82″ and it was going to be shipped across the country to be installed in a second story window.

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The design is very architectural and by using zinc came to frame various sections, the construction of the panel was more doable and the zinc provided additional stability to the panel.  I built the sections separately with areas that would be soldered together at the end to create the single panel.  The sections went from the center out to the surrounding borders. In order for this to work, each section had to match the cartoon exactly so they would line up and keep the geometry of the design.

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Building two surfaces that would support the weight of the panel when we turned it to solder the back side and attach the re-bars was another important consideration.  They served double duty by also becoming the two faces of the crate in which the panel would be shipped.  With the help of my husband and neighbors, we were able to turn the panel and then finally load it into the crate ready to ship.

Fused Glass Business Card Holders – a great gift for the entrepreneur in your life

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First impressions matter.  A unique business card holder starts the conversation between you and a prospective client.  IMG_4070

 

 

 

 

I use free form areas of hand raked glass to create one of a kind business card holders.

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Each can hold about 50 standard size business cards.  The rubber feet protect surfaces and add stability to the business card holders.

 

 

 

 

 

Fused Glass Name Panel – celebrate someone special with this unique gift

Ms. MArci's Garden w back lightMs. Marci’s Class is a 15 inch x 15 inch fused glass panel ready to be suspended in front of a window or wall.  The panel was commissioned to celebrate a gifted teacher who brought out the best in each of her students.  In Hawaii, children are often refered to as flowers growing in a well tended garden.  Teachers are the gardeners who create a fertile environmet that promotes the  growth of each flower.  This was the inpration for the garden design.

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The panel was created by first cutting the letters, rainbow and clear background glass to create an inlaid design that would create well defined features when fused under a layer of clear glass.  Each piece is hand cut from a variety of colors of transparent glass.  The garden elements were also hand cut, but from opaque glass, and then fused seperatley.  These pieces were then arranged onto the primary panel and tack fused.

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Once the panel was completed, I drilled a hole into each of the top corners and used a rectangular slip ring as the hanging hardware.  By putting a piece of clear tubing in the hole, there were no issues with the metal against the glass.  The client was very pleased and Ms. Marci was very well celebrated.

 

 

 

Fused Glass Art – Corporate Gifts to Celebrate Loyal Customers

IMG_3783Last year I was contacted by a company about creating a set of sculptures, gifts for their most loyal customers.  Each year this company selects a local artist to work with and last year it was me.  What a great opportunity and what a great policy.  The company gets unique art work to gift and the artist gets great exposure in the community.

 

 

 

IMG_4308The sulptures were smaller versions of a series I had done some years back.  The designs are my interpretation of the verses of a Hawaiian chant, Ke Ao Nani.  The chant celebrates the beauty of our world: the heavens, the land, the mountains and the sea.  It reminds us to appreciate all of the many gifts our island home offers each day.

 

 

 

IMG_4290Each design was anchored by the aqua color that is so particular to our sky and sea.  The company chose I Luna (the heavens) and i Kai (the sea) as the two desings for the gifts.  Though each piece shared one of the two desings, the area of dichroic glass was unique to each piece.

 

 

 

IMG_3778I was so impressed by this company.   They take the time to celebrate their customers with unique artwork and while doing so, provide opportunities for local artists.  Truly a win win situation:)

Fused Glass Light Panels- Outdoor Hanging Light Inspired by Greene and Greene

IMG_4189 This project was composed of 28 fused glass panels that combined areas of raked glass with areas of single color glass.  The raked glass was created by arranging the glass on a substrata of iridescent glass.  I then heated the glass to 1700 degress in my kiln and raked across the surface producing wonderfully organic shapes with colors swimming into each other.IMG_4185

 

Once the panels were completed, they were installed in a light box built in the style of the Arts and Crafts style chandeliers by Greene and Greene.  The design is continuous and wraps around and under the light fixtures.  The light box is suspended using sturdy leather straps from the cieling of the lanai.

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The colors and kiln carved leaf shapes draw from the croton plants that are featured in the landscaping.  These hanging lights create a vibrantly colorful invitation to the front entry way of this island home.

 

 

 

Fused Glass Serving Platter – Starburst

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The Starbusrt platter was commissioned as a display piece.  It  is an ample 18″ x 18″ with rounded courners.  It has a gentle one inch lift around the edges making it perfect for holding fruit, flowers, or seasonal decorations.

 

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The platter is made from various combinations of hand raked glass.  I layered the glass, heated it to 1700 degrees in my kiln and then raked across the surface.  This creates the swirling patterns of color.  The glass was then cut to fit and fired atop a clear glass blank.Starburst platter - close up

 

The client wanted the look to be organic but with the energy of the design radiating out like a starburst.  The inspiration was a photo she had taken of the inside of a tulip flower.  The colors are vibrant with distinctive contrasts between light and dark, cool and warm.

 

 

Art Glass for Interior Design: fused glass cocktail table tops, cabinet inserts, dining coffer, wall sconces and wall light inserts

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.This project was for the interior of a yacht.  The client wanted a color palette that would bring the ocean inside.  To create the design, I used organic shapes that flow into and wrap around each other the way water currents might.

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By combining areas of raked glass with areas of single hue glass, the movment is fluid without being overwehlming. The design for the dining coffer wraps around the eight panels beginning as it ends.  03.1 Salon 7 - Art Glass Cocktail Table (Detail)_2 The palette used for the art glass set the tone for the rest of the furnishings.

 

 

The design for the two cocktail tabletops as well as for the three cabinet inserts is oreinted on the diagonal.  This establishes a visual dynamic between the two table tops.  The addition of dichroic glass adds a bit of sparkle.  The tables can be lit with LED lights installed within the table base.

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Wall sconces were added throughout the yacht.  Ribbons of color are paired with areas of white raked glass which adds subtle movment to the mostly white sconces.

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.

 

 

 

Panels which echo the wall sconses were installed in the pilot house to add some ambient light.

Rushmore, Nordlund 106 for Dave Fulton, designed by Ed Monk Jr.

 

 

 

 

This was an amazing project and I feel very honored to have been included.  The clients were very pleased with the results which was truly a team effort.  Working with the folks who constructed the interior of the yeacht, the interior designer and the company that put it all toghether was a tremendous learning experience which I treasure.